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Public Health & Health Promotion - HEA00159I

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  • Department: Health Sciences
  • Module co-ordinator: Mrs. Sally Floyd
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Spring Term 2024-25

Module aims

This module aims to promote knowledge and understanding of health promotion, health protection and the prevention of ill-health to support self-management and independence across all fields, lifespan and aspects of health and social care. Patterns of health and wellness between communities will be explored along with exploration of the Nurse Associate’s role in promoting, protecting health and contributing to the achievement of public health aims.

Module learning outcomes

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

  1. Critically examine the principles of public health and health promotion and factors that may influence a range of health inequalities and patterns of health.

  2. Discuss the use of health promotion across the lifespan considering diversity, beliefs, culture and values and personal choice of the individual.

  3. Explore behaviour change concepts and skills that enable individuals to make informed health related decisions at different stages of life.

  4. Examine contemporary public health policy nationally, how this is related to health and social care practice locally and the Nursing Associate’s contribution to improving public health and exploring the concepts of health screening, vaccination and immunisation.

  5. Identify ways to support individuals with the management of their physical and mental health in line with national and local policies and guidance that reflect the current public health agenda.

Module content

Surveillance communicable disease, nutrition, obesity, exercise, sleep, drugs and alcohol, antimicrobial stewardship, resistance,  immunisation, vaccination, herd immunity, health screening, health promotion, health protection, health improvement, self management and notifiable disease.


Task Length % of module mark
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
15 minute presentation
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
15 minute presentation
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

Evans, E., Coutsaftiki, D., and Fathers, C P. (2017). Health Promotion and Public Health for Nursing Students 3 rd edn. London: SAGE.

Linsley, P., Kane, R., and Owen, S. (2011) Nursing for Public Health: Promotion, Principles and Practice .Oxford University Press.

Orme, J., Powell, J., Taylor, P., and Grey, M. (2011).Public Health for the 21ST Century: New Perspectives on Policy, Participation and Practice. 2nd edn. London: Open University Press.

Thompson, S.R. (2014) The Essential Guide to Public Health and Health Promotion .Oxon Routledge.

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.