Homelessness and Inclusion Health

This postgraduate course aims to understand extreme health inequities in a global context, with a focus on homelessness and displacement as well as the connection between housing markets and the health and wellbeing of individuals. Drawing on interdisciplinary expertise and expert-by-experience input, it will be of interest to domestic and international students from a wide range of disciplines, including medicine, public health, nursing, social sciences, social care, and human geography, amongst others. The course places particular emphasis on making input from empirical and theoretical research practically applicable to health and social care professionals.

SQCF Level 11
Credits 20
Course Director Prof Sarah Johnsen
Start Date January 2024
Fees UK/EU £1,690

About the course

The course will critically engage with contemporary issues, theories and concepts within the sphere of extreme health inequities, homelessness and inclusion health. For example, the impacts of global economic transformations on extreme health inequities, the diversity of people who find themselves homeless or displaced, including women, children and refugees, and the connection between socioeconomic inequities and health/mental health. This course is delivered by a range of experts from within and outwith the University of Edinburgh as well as external health and social care practitioners. Experts by Experience contribute their personal experiences of homelessness and health to the course. Students are expected to engage with their learning through online and on-campus group discussions, lectures, reading relevant scholarly and practical literature, student-led study circles and interaction with experts in the field of homelessness and health inequities through taught sessions. Students will learn from each other through: 1) engagement with research and discussion tasks online and in person; 2) through interactions with Experts by Experience, lecturers and experts in health and social care practice; and, 3) guided research tasks leading to presentations.

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Learning outcomes

On completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Develop a critical understanding of the intersection of extreme social inequities with health and wellbeing in the context of homelessness and displacement.
  2. Critically engage with a wide range of social, psychological, biomedical and political theories and concepts of homelessness and extreme health inequities in a global context.
  3. Understand key concepts in the field of health inequities and Inclusion Health, such as social determinants of health, multiple and complex exclusion, or trauma informed care.
  4. Engage with a range of disciplinary perspectives on homelessness and extreme health inequities, including the perspective of experts by experience
  5. Develop knowledge and skills in conducting and evaluating research in the field of homelessness and extreme health inequities through theoretical input and practical exercises.


Summative assignment details:

The assignment will be in 3 parts as indicated below:

1.  60% - written assignment.

2. 30% - group presentation.

3. 10% - engagement in discussion board tasks.

How to apply for CPD courses

CPD courses are appropriate for applicants who have already studied an undergraduate degree, or equivalent. Along with a completed application form, you will need to submit copies of the following supporting documents:

  • A work reference. If your referee prefers that you do not see your letter of recommendation, they can mail them to us, confidentially, at the below address.
  • A short personal statement. Your personal statement should explain why you wish to study on the course and provide any additional information which you feel may support your application.
  • An email stating whether you wish to take the course with or without academic credit.

You don't need to submit evidence of your ability to study at Postgraduate level with your application, but we may ask to see copies of your undergraduate degree certificate or academic transcript (or equivalent).

Please complete the application form either digitally or in block capitals and black ink, and return to us - including any supporting documents - at the postal or email address below.

CPD Application Form 2023-24 (19.82 KB Word)

Further information

If you have any questions concerning your application please don't hesitate to contact us at NursingCPD@ed.ac.uk