Health Inequalities

Short Course - 15 credits at SCQF level 11 | ECTS points 7.5
unequal coloured wooden blocks on a balance

Do you want to learn more about inequalities and the complex interplay of factors which can cause and perpetuate inequalities in populations and communities, from a global, national and local perspective of health?

This short course will explore and critically discuss the different dimensions of inequalities aligned to social, cultural, political, and contextual aspects, which can determine health outcomes at different stages in life. This short course will enable you to understand and identify the impact of inequalities with the emerging challenges arising within contemporary society. 

The course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date


Course Length

8 weeks

This short course aims to provide you with an understanding of the causes and impact of inequalities with a particular focus on health and wellbeing.

We will provide you with the skills and knowledge to critically explore and discuss what constitutes “inequality” and the complex interplay of factors related to inequalities which affect populations and communities.  You will develop the skills and abilities to understand and identify the impact of inequalities from a life-course perspective.

The course will be delivered online in a structured interactive format. The content of the module will include:

  • Inequalities and inequities related to populations and communities 
  • Interplay of cultural, social, political and contextual factors.
  • Understanding inequalities from a life-course perspective of health.
  • Health literacy, empowerment, justice, human rights 
  • Communication skills.
  • Reflection and reflexive learning.

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Learning Methods

This course will be delivered online using the University’s virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle.

There will be a short online induction and introduction session followed by a structured timetable of topic content. Each topic will include directed study (reading, listening to podcasts and accessing other resources), online workshops, discussion forums and activities which you can study with a degree of flexibility Some activities (online workshops) will be delivered at a set time. You will be expected to interact in the online environment with your class group and tutors.

The module team will support you through the module and clarify the expectations of the module assessment.

Staff delivering on this course

This module has been developed by a team of academic and professional staff with extensive expertise in public health and health promotion, within academic, healthcare and community public health settings.


Typically students are assessed via written assignment, including essay.

Independent Study

This course is completed through online independent study. It is expected that you will spend a minimum of 150 hours study over the 8 weeks of the module, including the preparation and submission of your written assessment. Your tutor will be there to support you through the module.


Academic Support

The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Online Learning & Support

All online learning students, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

Study Skills Support

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.


Applicants who normally hold an undergraduate degree or honours degree and/or relevant work experience is desirable but not essential.


Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Course fees will be met in full for students who qualify for Scottish Funding Council funding. To qualify for SFC funding, applicants must be resident in Scotland.
  • £350 entire course - Applicants who are not eligible for SFC funding or are currently receiving SAAS/SFC funding for other courses.

Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter. For further information see:


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