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Health Behaviours & Approaches to Health Promotion - HEA00118H

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  • Department: Health Sciences
  • Module co-ordinator: Mr. Ian Hamilton
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
B Spring Term 2020-21 to Summer Term 2020-21

Module aims

The aim of the module is to introduce the students to the psychosocial basis of health related behaviours across all care settings. Students will examine the factors that influence diverse populations' healthcare decisions including, the social and psychological life experiences that inform their values and beliefs. In order to promote independence and self-care students will explore and develop the competencies required to facilitate behaviour change, mindful of person-centred care. The purpose is to enable students to critically evaluate health promotion strategies to allow them to tailor approaches to client need. This will facilitate students to reinforce positive health behaviours, promote independence and empower clients to self-care, supported by family, community and other agencies. Students are expected to use current best evidence to ensure effective and sensitive health promotion, with lifestyle behaviour change techniques, concordant with client values, beliefs and needs.

Module learning outcomes

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

  1. Discuss the prevalence and impact of a range of conditions affecting both physical and mental health across communities.
  2. Critically reflect on client needs, psychological responses to and the social impact of the diagnosis of a long term physical or mental health condition.
  3. Critically analyse the psychological and social theories related to health beliefs, values and behaviours.
  4. Critique current models of health promotion to meet individual and population needs.
  5. Critically appraise assessment tools and risk management approaches to promote independence and self-care in a range of care settings.
  6. Analyse effective engagement skills including techniques to promote empowerment, manage conflicts of interest and promote motivation to increase clients' personal control and responsibility.
  7. Critically analyse brief lifestyle behaviour change and maintenance techniques appropriate to differing individual and community needs.


Task Length % of module mark
Case Study - 3000 words
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Case Study - 3000 words
N/A 100

Module feedback

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

Indicative reading

  • Connor, M. and Norman, P. ( Eds.). (2005). Predicting health behaviour. 2nd edn. New York: McGraw Hill: Open University Press.
  • Department of Health (2012). No decision without me about me. London: HMSO.
  • Expert Patients Programme. Community Interest Company (2013). Self -care reduces costs and improves health. [Online]. Available at: (Accessed 05/02/13)
  • Francis Report (2013). Report of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Enquiry. London: The Stationary Office.
  • French, D., Vedhara, K., Kaptein, A.A., and Weinman, J. (2010). Health psychology. 2nd edn. Chichester: Blackwell Publishing.
  • Imison, C., Naylor, N., Goodwin, N., et al. (2011). Transforming our health care system: Ten priorities for commissioners. London: The Kings Fund.
  • Mulley, A., Trimble, C. and Elwyn, G. (2012). Patients' preferences matter. Kings Fund. [Online]. Available at: (Accessed 05/02/13)
  • NHS Yorkshire and Humber (2010). Prevention and lifestyle behaviour change: A competence framework. NHS Yorkshire and Humber.
  • NICE (2009). Depression in adults with a chronic physical health problem: Treatment and management. London: NICE.
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (2015). The Code: Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives. London: NMC.
  • Ogden, J. (2012). Health Psychology: a textbook. 5th edn. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
  • Prochaska, J.O. (1995). Changes for good. New York: Avon Books
  • Prochaska, J.O. and DiClemente, C.C. Stages of change model/transtheoretical model (TTM).

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