20 credits at level HE6
The purpose of this module is to equip students with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes for improving public health through leading health promotion practice. This module presents a strategic approach to public health and health promotion practice with an emphasis on the health improvement of individuals, families and communities through an understanding of population health.
Origins and growth of public health and health promotion
power and the influence of medicine on health
Socio-economic context and health Inequalities
Conceptualising health, need and economy in health promoting practice
Ethical, political and philosophical debates relating to health promotion
Contemporary public health and health promotion Policy
Lay and cultural perspectives
Sources and resources of health information
Introduction to demography and epidemiology
Models and theories relating to health promotion
Contemporary lifestyles and health
Changing behaviour – the psychological perspective
Planning health promotion interventions
Evaluation in health promotion
The strategies for teaching and learning reflect the experience and professional status of students and build upon their previous professional and post-registration education. The strategies aim to develop students' knowledge and confidence in respect of leading health promotion practice so that they may contribute towards the effective health improvement of individuals, families and communities in the practice setting. In view of the above, prior learning and practice experiences are recognised, built upon and valued. Participants will undergo a programme which balances exposure to subject knowledge, theoretical perspectives and professional skills linked to their health promotion practice in their work area.
Classroom learning will focus learning activities upon the learning outcomes of the programme. In particular activities will utilise appropriate theory, research, policy and skills to engage participants in critical analysis and evaluation of their abilities to use their knowledge and skills to develop their effectiveness with the development of health promotion interventions. Such activities may include lecturer presentations or online materials, group work, use of stimulus materials such as scenarios and problem based learning. This module will be taught through a series of lectures, seminars, guided learning, independent study, group discussion and reflective practice.
The 200 hours notional time given to this module will be allocated as follows:
100 hours University based learning:
Class room sessions 35 hours.
Self directed study 65 hours to consolidate understanding and examination preparation
Practice based learning 100 hours to support application and understanding of health promotion in the practice setting
The asessment will be in the form of a 1 hour written examination
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Demonstrate an understanding of different perspectives of health & health promotion and link this to the key ethical principles in health promotion.||
a. Evaluate different perspectives on health & health promotion & discuss their relevance to professional practice
b. Apply the ethical principles to the perspectives discussed in relaltion to health promotion practice.
|2.||Demonstrate the ability to utilise effectively a variety of models & theories relevant to professional practice||Critically evaluate models and theories relevant to health promotion work with individuals, families and communities.|
|3.||Be able to demonstrate an understanding of routinely available sources of demographic and health data and information relevant to your field of professional practice to assess the health needs of individuals, families and communities||
a. Identify examples of health related data and information relevant to professional practice
b. Justify the relevance of demographic information for population health
c. Illustrate how effective planning in health promotion helps to identify and meet health need.
|4.||Demonstrate an understanding of the current political, professional and cultural climate influencing health promotion.||Analyse contemporary policy relevant to public health and health promotion, evaluating their contribution to professional practice|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||3,000 word assignment||1 hour unseen examination|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
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