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My Current and Past Teaching and Training Experience

Master's in Public Health (MPH)

  • I was Course Director for the MPH/Diploma course which I helped to start up in 1994, and which has now developed into a popular and demanding degree course. With an intake of about 36 students each year, the degree can be taken full-time over one year, or part-time over two years, or over up to six years by flexible learning. We currently get about 5 times as many applicants as we have available places. We are developing a distance learning programme and the first module has started in September 2004, with more to follow. The course is fully modular, allowing students to choose from a range of options in addition to core subjects and a research project. Planned developments include development of a specialist MPH in Health Protection, development of a full distance learning programme and development of an integrated MPH/PhD programme. Upon my retirement in 2006, Tom Marshall took over as course director
  • As well as being course director, I am was a joint module co-ordinator for the Introduction to Public Health course, where I am responsible for the Health Information component of teaching. I am also module co-ordinator for the Projects module
  • I also taught on the Environment and Health option course
  • I was a personal tutor to undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • I have developed and continue to run a very extensive web-based learning support system for students on the MPH programme. All teaching material is available online, together with revision tutorials and a large number of resources for the students. I am very experienced in the design of and use of web sites to support teaching.

Specialist Registrars in Public Health Medicine/Specialist Trainees in Public Health

  • I co-ordinated a programme of tutorials on a Wednesday morning during term-time for SpR's/SpT's who are preparing to take the Part I MFPH Examination. Despite being retired, I continue to contribute to this program
  • This includes tutorials on current topics, discussion of exam technique, going over past examination papers, a management theory project, and mock examinations with individualised feedback for each SpR/SpT who is about to attempt the exam.
  • Our success rate in the Part I Examination is above the national average.
  • Since retirement I have continued to offer individual tutoring support to specialist trainees.

Undergraduate Medical Students

  • I contributed lectures to the first and second years of the undergraduate medical programme on topics as diverse as Environmental Health and Accidents
  • I also act as project supervisor for 6 to 8 student groups each year, and as an occasional supervisor for BMedSci students.
  • I was a regular tutor in small group tutorials on a range of epidemiological and public health topics
  • I was a regular contributor to the Disability Studies module, on the ethics of screening.

Other Teaching

  • I contributed lectures on health effects of air pollution to the MSc programme in Environmental Health
  • I have successfully supervised several MSc, PhD and MD students through their programmes of study to completion of their degree. The most recent students completed their PhD successfully in 2004.


I am a Member of the Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, via the portfolio route for experienced teachers. I am a member of the Postgraduate Taught Courses Committee of the Medical School and Division of Primary Care, and represent Postgraduate teaching on the Divisional Executive.



Copyright © 2004 Dr Sarah Walters
Last updated May 4, 2007