Dr Ruth Hopkins
Senior Lecturer
Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences
Telephone: (01792) 606252
Room: Office - 103
First Floor
Haldane Building
Singleton Campus

Ruth is a Senior Lecturer in Public Health in the Department of Public Health Policy and Social Sciences within the College of Health and Human Sciences.

Prior to entering academia, Ruth worked in Environmental Health, primarily within the disciplines of housing, environmental protection and public health. Ruth was awarded her PhD in 2016. Titled ‘The contrapuntal action of ICT’s on a new three dimensional conceptual model of harmonious ageing in place’, she continues to have an interest in ICTs and assistive technologies. More recently her areas of research are more eclectic. Ruth is involved in research focused on breast feeding, maggots in wound debridement and pedagogic practice.

Ruth is the Post Graduate Programme Director for the MSc Public Health and Health Promotion; a programme which attracts students from medical health and social economic health backgrounds.

Ruth is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Officers and is a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner. Ruth has a post graduate teaching qualification, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Having worked in culturally diverse communities, Ruth brings a wealth of experience which challenges ‘traditional’ constructs of health promotion, public health and health protection, introducing students within this arena to concepts around the use of social marketing, mass media and digital technologies to effect behaviour change and health improvements. She also brings knowledge and experience of the delivery of public health and health promotion from a global perspective and within culturally diverse communities.

Teaching

  • ASP110 Environments of Social Policy

    Given the environmental and social challenges of population ageing, migration and globalization, future generations will increasingly face questions of how to maintain sustainable environments whilst also ensuring human well-being. Taking examples from areas such as food, public health, climate change, planning, development and transport, this module will examine how social policies are evolving to tackle our growing concerns relating to human well-being and environmental sustainability.

  • SHGM45 Foundations in Health Promotion

    This module provides a foundation in understanding the key theoretical understanding of the principles related to health promotion and underpinning public health policy perspectives.

  • SHGM57 Dissertation (MSc Public Health and Health Promotion)

    This module builds on the knowledge and skills developed in part one of the programme. Specifically, students will be prepared to work independently in order to critically explore the evidence base for a topic of interest or relevance to their own professional practice.

  • SHGM63 Health and Ageing

    The complex nature of ageing and health presents medical, social and educational challenges. This module explores these complexities from a holistic approach which will encompass users┬┐ perspectives and relevant policies.

  • SHGM89 Health Protection

    This module contextualises Health Protection within Public Health and Health Promotion Practice. It provides an overview of the key concepts of infection control, prevention of threats to human health from external environmental hazards, and outbreak management

  • SHHM15 Data Collection Methods

    This module aims to provide students with an overview of the range of data collection methods available to individuals undertaking research and to enable the student to consider the implications, application strengths and weaknesses of the various data collection methods. The module will also provide insight into the ways that such methods may be applied effectively and ethically in social research.

  • SHHM50 Assistive Technology in Health and Social Care

    This module is aimed at those who wish to widen their knowledge, understanding and use of the potential transformative power of assistive technology in improving the quality of life of people living with long term and chronic conditions.

  • SHN3048 Promoting the Public Health of Populations

    The module is designed to develop the knowledge and skills of practitioners in public health practice and primary health care. This will require that practitioners have an understanding of the underpinning concepts and approaches to public health practice and the role of public health in primary health care. Collaborative ways of working between sectors will be explored within the above context in order that students can plan and evaluate strategies for the improvement of health of individuals, groups and local populations. They will develop skills to work with others to plan, implement and evaluate programmes and projects, as well as appraising policies to recommend changes to improve health and well-being. Students have to be placed in concurrent practice for completion of this module.

  • SHNM16 Promoting the Public Health of Populations

    The module is designed to develop the knowledge and skills of practitioners in public health practice and primary health care. This will require that practitioners have an understanding of the underpinning concepts and approaches to public health practice and the role of public health in primary health care. Collaborative ways of working between sectors will be explored within the above context in order that students can plan and evaluate strategies for the improvement of health of individuals, groups and local populations. They will develop skills to work with others to plan, implement and evaluate programmes and projects, as well as appraising policies to recommend changes to improve health and well-being. Students have to be placed in concurrent practice for completion of this module.

  • SHP358 Public Health and Epidemiology

    Current approaches to the measurement of health and the surveillance of health within populations will be studied together with needs assessment and planning. The influence of a range of social, political , economic and cultural influences including globalization on public health will be evaluated. The module is designed to develop knowledge and skills in public health practice and primary health care. Underpinning concepts and approaches to public health practice and the role of public health in primary health care will be critically examined. Collaborative ways of working between sectors will be explored within the above context in order that students can plan and evaluate strategies for the improvement of health of individuals, groups and local populations.