Module code: NUR1026

Module Overview

A structured programme which provides an overview of the current issues and identified needs in Public Health and Health Promotion in order to inform and educate students on behaviour change models and techniques which promote health and wellbeing across the lifespan.

Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

ROBERTS Sarah (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 123

Lecture Hours: 15

Seminar Hours: 9

Tutorial Hours: 4

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

 Entry Criteria to the programme

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • The Principles and Priorities of Public Health

  • The social determinates of health, illness and health inequalities

  • Theories of Health Promotion and behaviour change

  • Current legislation and policy in relation to identified areas of health need and inequalities

  • Motivation and empowerment tools and strategies in relation to effective and sustained behaviour change models to achieve self efficay and wellbeing

  • To develop an understanding of epidemiology and the ability to critically analyse public health data

  • Health education in relation to specific target groups

  • The ethical issues associated with health promotion

  • Altered physiology and pharmacology associated with health inequalities

  • The importance of inter-professional and interagency working to make the best use of finite resources

  • Collaborative working to achieve health improvement in individuals, groups and societies

  • Health promotion across the lifespan aimed at key groups such as children, young people and older people

  • Health promotion for maternal, child and family health

  • The legal basis for child and family law

  • Effective communication strategies and techniques 

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ESSAY 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate achievement of module learning outcomes.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


2000 word essay:


Select one of the indicators listed under Health Improvement Objective 2 in the Public Health Outcomes Framework 2016 – 2019. Discuss how you can promote healthy lifestyles to an individual, group or community which includes a specific planned health promotion intervention.


Formative assessment


Students will engage in a supported debate, looking at the key public health promotion topics to be considered within the essay. 




Through small regular seminars informal feedback is provided at the end of each taught session.


The encouragement of students to contribute to an ongoing feedback loop on Surreylearn that will inform and advise key module staff on the needs of students within the learning environment

Module aims

  • To develop students' knowledge and understanding of the evolving public health agenda and the need to promote health and wellbeing across the lifespan of individuals, groups and communities.The student will be supported in developing and understanding of the underpinning political,ethical,sociological and psychological concepts which promote wellbeing within a wide range of social contexts.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Demonstrate an understanding of public health services and the importance of health promotion.
1 Demonstrate an understanding of public health priorities for different individuals, groups and communities.
2 Discuss the underpinning theories of groups, teams and families within a health and social care service that supports them.
3 Discuss the evidence which supports and reinforces the legal frameworks and local and national policies which aims to help people to achieve their full potential. Through undertaking a thorough analysis of the ethical issues associated with public health and health promotion strategies.
4 Develop structures and strategies to enable critical and effective evaluation of public health interventions and programmes.

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Enable students to develop key learning skills in the analysis and understanding policy and practices that promote health and wellbeing within identified groups in society. The consolidation of knowledge through group work and interaction that promotes learning and the enhancement of knowledge.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Key lectures

  • Group work

  • Discussion and formal debates

  • Small group seminars

  • Directed e-learning activity

  • Self directed study and information gathering


Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Nursing Studies (Registered Nurse Adult Nursing) BSc (Hons)(NURSES PRE-REG SEP) Year-long Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module
Nursing Studies (Registered Nurse Children's Nursing) BSc (Hons)(NURSES PRE-REG SEP) Year-long Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module
Nursing Studies (Registered Nurse Mental Health Nursing) BSc (Hons)(NURSES PRE-REG SEP) Year-long Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2020/1 academic year.