Homelessness and Inclusion Health (Online)

This postgraduate course aims to understand the global context of homelessness and to apply it to the health and wellbeing experience of the individual at local level. It is anticipated that this course will be of interest to students from a wide range of different disciplines, including medicine, nursing, social sciences, allied health professions and geography, amongst others. A strength of this course is the interdisciplinary nature of the course and the opportunity to learn from each other.

The course will be taught fully online over 10 weeks and will consist of synchronous and asynchronous online activities including 'study circle' group journal workshops. These 'study circles' consist of 5-6 students and are student led.

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

About the course

This course will critically engage with contemporary issues, theories and concepts within the sphere of homelessness and inclusion health. For example, the impacts of globalization on increasing homelessness, the diversity of people who find themselves homeless, including women, children and refugees, and the experience of homelessness from those who have lived experience.

This course is delivered by a range of experts from within the University of Edinburgh and also 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 group discussions, lectures, reading relevant scholarly literature and interaction with experts in the field of homelessness and health through taught sessions. Students will learn from each other through: 1) engagement with the 'study circles'; 2) through interactions with Experts by Experience, lecturers and experts in health care practice; and, 3) through answering questions in the presentations.

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Learning outcomes

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

  1. Critical engagement with a wide range of social, psychological, biomedical and political theories and concepts of homelessness and health in a global context.
  2. A critical understanding of the intersection of health and with other structural factors implicated with pathways into and out of homelessness.
  3. Critical knowledge of the ways that the socio-political context shapes the field of homelessness in different global contexts.
  4. An understanding of a range of epidemiological data and how it informs understandings of the health needs of people who experience homelessness and service provision.
  5. An understanding of the voice and perspective of Experts by Experience as partners in health care.


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 group ‘study circles’.

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