About the School
Our School offers a range of courses for people who wish to enter careers in Public Health, Social Work and Midwifery.
We offer opportunities for UK and international students to study at foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as providing continuing professional development and the supervision of MPhil/PhDs. Programmes that lead to professional registration are approved by the relevant UK professional bodies such as the Health & Care Professions Council, Nursing & Midwifery Council and the College of Social Work. Public health programmes articulate with the UK Public Health Knowledge and Skills Framework.
Through our research, education and practice development, we support and advance the work of Social Workers, Social Carers, Public Health/Health Promotion Practitioners and Specialists, Midwives and Specialist Community Public Health Nurses (School Nurses, Health Visitors, Occupational Health Nurses), both in the UK and abroad.
We support the local community by working closely with providers of services, such as Kent County Council, Medway Council, local health services and other public, private and voluntary organisations, to ensure that they have the highly skilled and knowledgeable workforce that they need. The users of these services, and local carers, make a valuable contribution to our work. For example within all Social Work programmes they are involved in the selection of our students, teaching, assessing skills, research projects and as members of our social work practice panel.
We support the international community by offering opportunities to learn about global health issues and for international students to apply their studies to the needs of their home country. For example students have carried out research into protecting populations from dengue fever and malaria.
Both our staff and students are involved in the study of many key issues that affect the health and wellbeing of society today including:
- Alcohol and Drug misuse
- Children's health and wellbeing
- Domestic violence
- Early intervention
- Prevention of cardiovascular disease
- Professional ethics and values
- Safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults
- Social and health inequalities
- The promotion of normal birth and enhancing women's experiences during the childbirth continuum