Courses are based on the concept of open education resources (OER), freely available on the Internet. Peoples-uni develops a standardised educational context around these open resources. This educational context involves:
- Defined competences (learning outcomes): we have identified competences that are relevant to Public Health practice in low- to middle-income country settings (competeces are skills plus knowledge)
- Resources: we have provided links to the online resources which help to provide the relevant skills and knowledge relevant to each of the defined competences
- Discussion forums: a very important part of the course, facilitated by expert tutors, allowing in-depth amplification of the resources, the ability to share experiences and understanding between students, and to gain experience in quoting evidence
- Tutors: volunteer tutors from a number of countries help with the interpretation of the resources as facilitators of online discussions and markers of assignments
- Assessment is made by the submission of assignments designed to see if the competences have been achieved. Based on successful completion of the assignments, the Peoples-uni will offer a Certificate, Diploma or Masters of Public Health
- Adoption of the Web 2.0 philosophy: people are talking about Web 2.0 - for us this means collaborative participation among teachers and students to make sure that the education is relevant and of high quality. We aim to revise all the time with input from all those involved
Course modules are in two groups - the 'Foundation Sciences of Public Health' and 'Public Health problems'. You should take some modules from each group to build to a Certificate, or Diploma, or Masters level award in Public Health. For the Diploma/Masters-level programme, you are required to take Biostatistics and Introduction to Epidemiology from the "Foundation sciences" group of modules. We also strongly recommend taking the Evidence Based Practice module before enrolling in the Masters Dissertation module.
You can take one or a maximum of two modules per semester, or up to 4 in a year. If you are enrolling in two modules in a semester, please ensure that you have the time to participate actively in both modules as they run at the same time and involve a heavy workload.