Barts and The London, School of Medicine and Dentistry


Year GEP 1 GEP/HSPH: Human Sciences and Public Health

Teaching Material for this Module


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 how patients and lay people perceive and experience health and illness which brings into play psychological and social aspects of healthcare.  Public health focuses on health at the population level and is underpinned by epidemiological research that examines risk of disease and provides an evidence base for the preventive role of medicine.   

Human Science and Public Health is an integrated programme of study that includes the disciplines of public health and epidemiology, medical sociology and medical psychology.  It sets about helping medical students appreciate and understand the critical role they play in medicine and medical practice including patient care and prevention of illness.

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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