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Select a population and identify a specific hazard to which that population is potentially exposed. Critically assess the approach(es) taken for protecting the population from a hazard, in particular making reference to any or potential health inequalities.

You should write your assignment in a report format to the Board of Directors or Executive of the Organisation responsible for public health in the population you have chosen.

Include:

Identifying and defining of both the hazard and the population at risk, in the context of  an urban health problem of your choice in a particular setting, e.g. a region or a city in the UK or relevant to your experience. 

You must provide full references to the articles or publications mentioned for each issue. If possible, students should also include a web address for the article or publication. Note that publications can also include websites and webpages.

Students will write a critical evaluation in a report format and present the key findings and justification for your recommendation in a 10 minute briefing.

Journal references must be included.

Marks are awarded for demonstrating the ability to:

(30%)

1.         Clearly identify a defined population  and the hazard relevant to the population which you would like to research.

2.         Evaluate a specific public health or health-related problem facing that urban population.

3.         Explain, with evidence and critical discussion, the reasons why this is a public health problem.

4.         Support the choice with references to peer reviewed articles.

(20%)

1.         Determine the magnitude of the problem and the extent to which the population is affected by identifying and discussing a range of parameters.

3.         Support information with reference to peer reviewed articles.

(30%)

1.         Explore the social, physical and other determinants of the problem.

2.         Evaluate the effectiveness of systems in place which are intended to deal with the hazards, the associated risks and impacts on the population chosen, reflecting upon its strengths and weaknesses.

3.         Assess the impact of the hazard on health inequalities, and how the solution in place prevents and reduces inequalities

 

 

(20%)

1.         Recommend and evaluate, with evidence, a suitable alternate solution to the problem, reflecting upon the strengths and weaknesses.

2.         Include appropriate conclusions and recommendations proportionate to the risk associated with the hazard

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3.         Present your work with good standards of academic writing and using the Harvard Referencing system.