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Fundamental Concepts of Health - HEA00070C

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  • Department: Health Sciences
  • Module co-ordinator: Mrs. Sally Floyd
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2023-24

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Autumn Term 2023-24

Module aims

This module provides the underpinning exploration of what it means to be ‘healthy’.

Students will explore the concepts of health and well-being and the nature of physical and mental illness from a culturally diverse perspective. 

Students will also examine how physical, psychological, social and environmental factors both from early childhood and adulthood may enhance health or lead to inequalities in health outcomes. 

Psychological and Sociological theories relating to recovery and hope will be applied to physical and mental health conditions identified from the student's own practice settings.


Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Outline the key concepts of health and well-being.

  2. Describe key psychological and sociological theories of health and well-being

  3. Identify how physical, psychological, social, political, cultural and environmental factors impact upon inequalities of health and well-being of an individual across the lifespan.

  4. Discuss the factors influencing health behaviours and lifestyle choices including epidemiology, demography and genomics.

Module content

Health, Well-being, sleep, nutrition, exercise, epidemiology, demography, genomics, life choices, health behaviours, resilience, social influences, health literacy, health outcomes, culture, health inequality, psychological, social theories.


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

Written feedback for the summative assessment is provided on the standard proforma, within the timescale specified in the programme handbook.

Indicative reading

Bhopal, R S (2007) Ethnicity, race, and health in multicultural societies: foundation for better epidemiology, public health and health care. Oxford, Oxford University Press

Bradby, H (2009) Medical sociology: an introduction. Los Angeles, SAGE

Department of Health (2010) Our Health & Wellbeing Today. Department of Health

Naidoo, J. Wills J (2009) Foundations for Health Promotion (4th edn). Edinburgh, Elsevier

Pilgrim, D (2017) Key Concepts in Mental Health (4th edn). UK, SAGE

Scriven, A (2017) Promoting Health: a practical guide (7th edn.) Edinburgh, Bailliere Tindall

The Health Foundation (2017) Healthy lives for people in the UK. The Health Foundation

Warwick-Booth, L (2019) Social Inequality (2nd edn). UK, SAGE

Wilson, F & Mabhala, M (eds) (2009) Key Concepts in Public Health. UK, SAGE

World Health Organisation, Wilkinson, R & Marmot, M (eds) The Solid Facts (2nd edn). World Health Organisation

Talbot, P. Astbury, G & Mason, T (2010) Key Concepts in Learning Disabilities. UK, SAGE

The Marmot Review (2010) ‘Fair Society Healthy Lives’

Health Equity in England: The Marmot Review 10 years on (2018)



NHS England

NHS Improvement

Public Health England, Local Authority Health Profiles

Public Health Observatories

The Health Foundation


The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.