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The aim of this module is to equip midwives with the skills to evaluate different approaches to promoting the health of women, families and society, and consider how these might best be applied to address the needs of specific populations and current public health concerns. There will be a focus on the role of the midwife as lead professional collaborating with professional, lay and community support groups to enhance care given to families.
The module will examine issues such as mental health, domestic and sexual violence, obesity, substance misuse, alcohol and smoking. Inequalities across groups and populations will also be considered, as well as challenges to implementing change posed by the political, cultural and socio-economic environment within which midwives work.
This module can be taken as part of a masters pathway in the Health Sciences Open Award.