Short courses


Homeless and Inclusion Health

  • 40 hours
  • 7 days (over 7 weeks)


This short course is for anyone working in healthcare or the voluntary sector interested in excluded or hard-to-reach groups.

You'll learn about:

  • homeless and inclusion health as an evolving discipline
  • the health status and determinants of health for excluded populations
  • the role of individuals and services in addressing these health needs

You'll learn from world-class researchers, experienced policy makers, service providers, and members of excluded or hard-to-reach groups.

This course is run by the UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care.

Course content

Topics covered by this course include:

  • key concepts in homeless and inclusion health
  • health consequences of exclusion and the practical responses
  • social theories of exclusion
  • community participation and engagement with excluded populations
  • service users' perspectives
  • applied quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • international perspectives
  • inclusion health policy and advocacy
  • structural and legal factors
  • inclusion health service development and evaluation
  • assessing the barriers to accessing dental services for homeless populations
  • health of prisoners and people in contact with the criminal justice system
  • inclusion health for women

Teaching and structure

The course will run over 7 weeks with face-to-face session each Thursday, from 9am to 5pm.

The course involves lectures, seminars, group discussions and panels with relevant professionals and experts.

You'll also need to spend time about 1 hour a week on self-directed reading.

You can take this course as either a:

  • standalone short course for CPD purposes 
  • 'taster course' that allows you to earn UCL credits

Find out more about taking the course as a taster course on the IEHC website.

Who this course is for

This course is for:

  • healthcare professionals, including nurses, doctors, midwives and psychologists
  • charity and voluntary sector workers

There are no entry requirements for this course. If you haven't completed an undergraduate degree we would advise you to sign up for the short course, rather than the taster course.

Assessment and certificates

You'll receive a certificate of attendance.

If you take the course as a short course you won't be assessed. However, you'll be expected to take part in presentations and will receive feedback on these.

You'll only be assessed if you take the course as a taster course. Assessment is through a presentation and written report.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you'll be able to:

  • articulate key concepts in homeless and inclusion health
  • understand the complex physical and mental health issues faced by deeply excluded populations
  • describe the broader social, economic, political and legal context influencing the health of deeply excluded populations
  • describe practical approaches to working with excluded groups (e.g. psychologically informed environments)
  • critically appraise service models (e.g. health, social, legal, housing, etc.) that work with deeply excluded populations
  • evaluate effective personal and team-working practice in inclusion health, including reflective practice and building resilience
  • understand the importance of, and practical ways to, involve experts-by-experience (service users) in developing services and policies

Cost and concessions

The fees for the short course are:

  • General - home/EU: £850 (overseas: £1,200)
  • NHS - home/EU: £750 (overseas: £1,100)
  • Voluntary/charity sector workers, UCL staff, current students or alumni, non-UCL students and trainees - home/EU: £650 (overseas: £900)

The fees for the taster course are:

  • General - home/EU: £950 (overseas: £1,300)
  • NHS - home/EU: £850 (overseas: £1,200)
  • Voluntary/charity sector workers, UCL staff, current students or alumni, non-UCL students and trainees - home/EU: £750 (overseas: £1,000)


Course team

Serena Luchenski

Serena Luchenski

Serena is a Public Health Consultant. She's been awarded an HEE/NIHR Clinical Doctoral Fellowship, working hand-in-hand with homeless charities Pathway and Groundswell. She finished a public health training scheme in June 2018 which included a one-year CMO/HEE Academic Public Health Fellowship based at UCL. This allowed her to develop her interests in inclusion health (including writing a Lancet-commissioned series on inclusion health) as well as spending nine months working in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver with people who use drugs.

Professor Andrew Hayward

Professor Andrew Hayward

Andrew is Director of the UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care, and lead of the UCL Inclusion Health Research Network. His team is conducting a wide range of research aiming to highlight the extreme disparities in health faced by homeless people, drug users, sex workers and prisoners and to develop and evaluate effective policy and health service responses.

Dr Zana Khan

Dr Zana Khan

Zana has been the GP Clinical Lead for the King’s Health Partners, Pathway Homeless Team at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital since 2014 and South London and Maudsley Mental Health Trust since 2015. She's also a Clinical Fellow for Pathway. She was appointed an Honorary Senior Lecturer at UCL in October 2017, reducing her clinical hours to focus on research, publications and education in the field of homeless and inclusion health.

Course information last modified: 29 Oct 2021, 09:06