Module code: NURM187

Module Overview

The module will enable the students to critically examine and develop awareness of the key concepts of public health and health promotion. Students will develop skills in accessing and analysing data in order to identify health needs and develop health promotion interventions in order to address contemporary public health issues.

Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

JONES Felicity (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 110

Lecture Hours: 40

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:
• The structure and nature of public health within the social and political context
• Processes of health surveillance and assessment of a population’s health and well-being.
• Resources needed to implement public health initiatives and support public health practice at local, national and international levels
• Causation and critical evaluation of selected therapeutic and preventative interventions
• Theories and concepts underpinning public health practice
• Collaborative working with individuals, groups and communities to enhance health and well being
• Exploration of the wider determinants of health and the use of advocacy to promote client perspective in the assessment process
• Appraising the quality of communication with individuals, groups and communities in assessment processes
• Identifying, collating, analysing and critically interpreting data relating to health and well-being of an identified population and using this to make recommendations for service development
• The bio-psychosocial aspects of group and community assessment
• Contemporary issues in public health or social care
• Health promotion models and approaches underpinning health promotion work
• Social marketing

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Written Assignment 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the skills of public health data retrieval and analysis and the application of this to an identified population in a health needs assessment. They will also demonstrate their understanding of concepts of public health and health promotion in order to identify a a health promotion priority from the health needs assessment, Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of: Drawing on and critically appraising varying levels and sources of data, perform a health needs assessment of a defined population. Devise an intervention for a health promotion priority identified in the health needs assessment. Using the data you have collated, critically debate the rationale for your strategy that could be used to influence potential funders.

Formative assessment The student will be required, as part of a group, to design and present a health promotion innovation that will address a contemporary public health issue. As part of the presentation the group will need to explore the health need, highlighting the innovations aim, how it fits with public agenda, examine relevant key data, resources required and how they will evaluate it to demonstrate that it has met the innovation aim. Feedback Workshops and case studies. Feedback from formative assessment. Tutorials will also be offered. Please note that any evidence of unsafe practice or breach of confidentiality will result in an automatic refer for the module.

Module aims

  • Develop the students’ understanding of the concept of public health and health promotion within the context of contemporary health policy and the underlying political agenda.
  • Explore and critically evaluate approaches to assessing public health and the underpinning information systems and data bases.
  • Gain and exercise higher levels of judgement, decision making and discretion in public health and health promotion practice
  • To gain confidence and competence in using a variety of approaches to promote healthy lifestyles with individuals, groups and communities.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Critically examine the concept of public health and health promotion in terms of the underlying political agenda. CKPT
002 Identify and critically evaluate assessment tools for public health practice. CKPT
003 Explore and critically evaluate data and resources needed for effective practice in public health at local and national level and informing commissioning CKPT
004 Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the interrelationship of public health and health promotion with other relevant disciplines. CKPT
005 Debate the need for initiative in decision-making, collaborative working and the influence of legal and ethical issues on practice CKPT
006 Identify and explore the wider determinants of health and critically evaluate the role of advocacy, empowerment and communication in effective public health practice. CKPT
007 Demonstrate competence in a range of facilitation skills and implement them to deliver evidence based information which can be used to empower clients to make an informed choice CKPT
008 Critique the principles of social marketing and examine its use as strategy to target messages to specific groups and ensure resources are used efficiently CKPT

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: '

The learning from lectures and seminars will be explored and developed through the use of group work and evidence based learning. This will enable students to reflect on community public health needs of specific client groups and select and utilise appropriate health promotion interventions and approaches to support clients to maximise their health potential.

The learning and teaching methods include:

• Student presentation, lectures, seminars, workshops, discussions, case studies and virtual learning approaches, seminars from expert speakers

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.

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Other information


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Public Health Practice (SCPHN) (Health Visiting) MSc 1 Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 50% to pass the module
Public Health Practice (SCPHN) (School Nursing) MSc 1 Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 50% 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 2025/6 academic year.