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Postgraduate Course: Introduction to Health Promotion (PUHR11058)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryAims of the course:
1. To provide an introduction to the theory and practice of health promotion.
2. To critically review approaches to planning and evaluation in health promotion and their application.
Course description This course aims to provide students with an understanding of the theoretical and empirical basis of health promotion, and enable them to plan and evaluate health promotion policies and programmes.

The course will be structured into the following topics:

1. Introduction to the course; concepts of health and health promotion; models and approaches to health education
2. Determinants of health actions
3. Health promotion planning and evaluation part 1
4. Health promotion planning and evaluation part 2
5. Community health promotion
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Students will be responsible for their computer equipment and internet access.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Course Start Date 01/08/2016
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 5, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 1, Online Activities 35, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 5, Formative Assessment Hours 5, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 46 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Formal summative written assessment will constitute 60% of the student's grade. Online assessment will incorporate a variety of activities and will constitute 40% of the overall course grade and is taken to represent a formative assessment of learning throughout the programme.
Feedback Students will receive formative or summative feedback on all assessed pieces of work.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical awareness of key principles, perspectives, models and theories which shape current health promotion policy and practice, and an understanding of the factors which contribute to lifestyle choices and health behaviours.
  2. Critically apply a framework to plan and evaluate health promotion programmes and activities in a specific context.
Reading List
The theory and practice of health promotion draw on a wide range of disciplines including epidemiology, sociology, education, psychology, marketing, management, economics, politics. There is therefore no single text that encompasses all these aspects in depth; however several books give good overviews and there are also several books that focus on health promotion planning and/or evaluation.

Naidoo J and Wills J (2009) Foundations for Health Promotion. London, Ballière Tindall.

Green J and Tones K (2015) Health Promotion - planning and strategies. Third Edition. London, Sage.

Green LW and Kreuter MW (2005) Health Program Planning: An educational and ecological approach. Boston: McGraw Hill.

Naidoo J and Wills J (2010) Developing practice for public health and health promotion. Edinburgh, Ballière Tindall/Elsevier.

Ewles L (2005) Key topics in public health: essential briefings on prevention and health promotion. Edinburgh, Elsevier.

Main relevant journals:
-Health Education Journal
-Health Education Research
-Health Promotion International
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements This course will be taught entirely by online distance learning, using the virtual learning environment Learn as the delivery platform. Course materials are protected by secure username and password access that will be made available to registered users.
KeywordsHealth Promotion,Health Education
Course organiserDr Rosemary Geddes
Tel: (0131 6)51 4139
Course secretaryMiss Sarah Gordon
Tel: (0131 6)51 7112
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