Barts and The London, School of Medicine and Dentistry


Year 2 HSPH2: Human Sciences and Public Health 2

Teaching Material for this Module


Disease is a complex domain of human experience, involving explanation, expectation, and meaning. Doctors must acknowledge this complexity and formulate theories, practices, and systems that fully address the breadth and subtlety of disease.  (Jones et al, NEJM, 2012)


Doctors work as part of health care systems which aim to provide high quality care for patients and populations. A central focus in medical training is on biological aspects of illness and how it is best diagnosed and treated in individuals.  Medicine is also concerned with public health, which is underpinned by epidemiological research that examines risk of disease and provides an evidence base for the preventive role of medicine.   


HSPH is an integrated programme of study that includes the disciplines of public health and epidemiology, medical sociology, medical psychology and medical ethics and law.  It sets about helping you appreciate and understand the critical role they play in medicine and medical practice.


Overall Aims of HSPH 

  • To be able to evaluate published research results to determine if the results are valid, be able to explain to other clinicians and lay persons why the results are valid and to determine if the results should influence their future practice. 

·         To understand the psychological and social dimensions of disease and illness experience and their importance for medical practice. 

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