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Postgraduate Course: Health Promotion (PUHR11097)

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 AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe course will begin by providing a grounding in the key principles and concepts of health promotion, followed by a critical introduction to a range of health promotion strategies and action. It will introduce and provoke discussion of determinants of health at different levels, drawing on theory related to intervening at each level. It will introduce and encourage critical reflection on models for planning health promotion and approaches for evaluating health promotion. Examples of good practice will be used to illustrate and explore key issues, and a variety of current health promotion concerns will enhance the course¿s relevance to contemporary health promotion.
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
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  65
Course Start Block 2 (Sem 1)
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) a) Group presentation: focusing on key components involved in planning a health promotion intervention (30% of the overall grade for the course)
b) Written essay: focusing on critical reflection on the challenges of planning a health promotion intervention (70% of the overall grade for the course)
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 understanding of the underlying principles, key concepts and relevant theories of health promotion.
  2. Apply knowledge and understanding to plan a health promotion intervention and evaluation, and critically reflect on the challenges.
  3. dentify, define and critically compare key strategies and approaches to health promotion policy and practice.
  4. Work collaboratively with peers to apply and communicate key health promotion principles and concepts.
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
KeywordsHealth Promotion,Health Education
Course organiserDr Helen Eborall
Course secretaryMs Charlotte Munden
Tel: (0131 6)51 318
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