Module code: HCRM001

Module Overview

This module will provide students with an introduction to public health issues in cancer including prevention, early detection, patient experience and cancer survival. Broad topics to be covered will include the role of lifestyle in cancer prevention, cancer screening, early diagnosis, managing consequences of a cancer diagnosis for patients and carers, and cancer survivorship.

Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

WHITAKER Katriina (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: L620

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Cancer prevention: the role of lifestyle

  • Smoking and public health

  • Cancer screening

  • Vaccines

  • Public awareness of cancer

  • Early diagnosis and help-seeking for cancer symptoms

  • Cancer management: interventions to improve patient outcomes

  • Cancer survivorship and late effects

  • Interventions for cancer survivors and their carers

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Poster Presentation 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

their knowledge and understanding of public health issues in cancer and to evaluate/reflect on attempts to improve cancer prevention or early detection.



Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Poster presentation on theme of “Public Health Interventions in Cancer”. Students can choose from any of the topics covered (e.g. smoking, cancer screening)



    Formative assessment


  • One to one tutorials will be utilised to develop poster ideas



  • Students will be given peer feedback on their ideas during tutorials

  • Students will be given feedback/support from people involved in the course, with timely replies to emails and use of the SurreyLearn forum


Please note that any evidence of unsafe pratice or breach of confidentiality will result in an automatic refer for the module.

Module aims

  • Introduce students to public health issues in the prevention and early detection of cancer
  • Discuss wider consequences of coping with a cancer diagnosis, and interventions aimed at improving patient/carer outcomes
  • Introduce students to issues around public health challenges for cancer survivors

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of public health issues in cancer prevention, early detection and living with cancer KC
2 Evaluate and apply knowledge of the impact of interventions to improve cancer prevention, early detection and patient, carer's and cancer survivor’s experience CPT
3 Critically appraise and synthesise research evidence to support evaluation KP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 120

Lecture Hours: 15

Seminar Hours: 15

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to: enable students to undertake integrated learning to consider and critically evaluate public health issues/interventions in cancer.




The learning and teaching methods include:


  • Use of e-learning platform

  • Seminars and presentation

  • Tutorials

  • Utlisation of online resources

  • Lectures

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for CANCER IN SOCIETY :

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.