Using evidence about a health inequalities write an essay critically examining how health and social care inequalities are experienced, explained and the government interventions aimed at reducing inequalities in a specific area of health policy (4000 words)
In this assessment, you should demonstrate the following learning outcomes:
Core Learning Outcomes
On completion of this unit you should be able to: Assessment Criteria
To achieve the learning outcome you must demonstrate the ability to:
LO1 On completion of this unit you should be able to: To achieve the learning outcome you must demonstrate the ability to:
LO2 Critically compare the evidence about health inequalities with the nature and reach of government interventions in a specific area of health policy Identification and critique of a defined health inequality and the impact of government policy
LO3 Critically reflect on the complex and interrelated way in which inequalities are experienced and the impact on health. Select an intersection relating to your own/future practice and critically examine how health inequalities have manifested upon the population
In order to pass this assessment you will need to:
• Identify a public health issue where there is clear inequality(ies) in health between different groups in society e.g. gender, ethnicity, age;
• Explain why this inequality(ies) exists and how it impacts on the health experience of the group/s you have chosen;
• Explain what government policies have been introduced to reduce the inequality and improve health outcomes.
• The focus of the essay does not have to be the UK.
Guidelines for this Assessment
Greetham (2008) see five stages to planning an essay:
1. Interpretation of the question
He points out that missing out any of these stages can lead to irrelevance, weak structure, and insufficient evidence to support your arguments and a lack of connectivity between arguments (see page 2). His book ‘how to write better essays’ is available online.
Your essay must:
Have an introduction. This should include some information or an opening statement which sets up the issue you want to discuss and highlights your argument/opinion. This should grab the attention of the reader. In other words this is your subject statement. This part of your essay also presents the context of your essay. It should also provide a summary explaining what is coming in the rest of the essay (500 words).
Paragraphs should be focused on an idea supported with evidence that supports your argument/opinion. This evidence should include empirical studies which ‘research inequality’. You must have a clear argument or ‘story line’ which relates to the aspect/s of inequality you have chosen. At this point you should critically reflect on the concepts underpinning health and social care inequalities (3,200 words).
Conclusion. This should be the summary of your argument/opinion and your final perspective on the aspect of inequality you have chosen. You can end with a memorable thought or call to action (300 words).
Meet the Units learning outcomes.
In your essay you should:
Use sub-headings to distinguish between different sections and arguments within different sections.
Try to link sentences and paragraphs so that one argument flows into the next nicely.
Always present the evidence to support your arguments.
Critically evaluate the existing evidence.
Your assessment will be marked against the following criteria which are described in detail in the MSc Public Health student handbook:
Written expression and structure
Use of literature and referencing
Issue handling/argument construction
Quality of understanding and analysis of professional knowledge base/use of current specific knowledge base / connections to practice
Reflection and evaluation of policy and practice
The 16-point grading scale will be used to show how well you have met the criteria above.
Word Allowance for this Assessment
The word allowance for this assessment is 4000 words
A margin of 10% more or less than the word allowance is allowed without penalty. Therefore for this assessment 4400 – 3600 words will be acceptable. Any text after the limit will not be read.
All words used in the assignment (Introduction, body and conclusion) are included in the word count. It is normal for the computer to ‘count’ all words including tables, diagrams, references in the text and direct quotes.
The word limit does not include the reference list, bibliography or appendices.
You should state the word count at the end of the assignment after the conclusion.
If an assignment presented for marking falls outside these guidelines, the marking team may downgrade the assignment
Guidelines for presenting written assignments
The following guidelines should be followed:
All written assignments must be word processed / typed.
The recommended font style is Arial 11 or 12.
Use line spacing of 1.5 or double spacing throughout.
Number each page clearly.
The unit title and Student ID must be included as either a header or footer on every page (except front page).
Create margins of at least 2.5 cms on all sides of each page.
The title page should contain your name and ID, the name of the University, the name of your course, the unit code / title and the title of the assessment.
State the number of words written at the end of the assignment after the conclusion.
Start the reference list on a new page and adhere to Harvard referencing guidelines.
Number any appendices for ease of cross referencing and ensure that they are referred to in the text by the relevant number.
A high standard of presentation is expected and this includes accurate referencing, attention to layout, grammar and spelling.