PP5000 - Public Health Theory and Practice

What will I learn on this module?

The aim of this module is to support you to develop a critical understanding of public health theory, policy and research and apply this to the complex and dynamic health and social care context.

In this module you will critically explore and analyse key concepts relating to public health theory and practice. This will include developments in public health policy and prevention research and approaches to practice. You will examine the changing public health context and the emergence of ‘lifestyle illnesses’ which affect population health and individual health behaviours. You will be introduced to behavioural science and behaviour change theory, to equip you with a detailed understanding of the challenge and opportunities for improving health behaviours and lifestyles in individuals and populations.

The module also will examine research conducted on healthcare risks, lay beliefs, help seeking behaviour and the ‘prevention paradox’. Key sessions will support you to critically explore a range of public health initiatives from past and current literature, critical evaluation of case studies and the evidence and personal knowledge based on your own, and other students’ and tutors’ experiences.

How will I learn on this module?

Teaching and learning strategies for this module will include lectures to outline the main concepts, trends and theories. Facilitated group discussions will be integral to the module where you will explore key concepts in more depth to draw out individual and collective analysis. You will be expected to engage with directed independent study tasks, as well as working in informal groups to present your ideas. Online forums and discussion groups will also be introduced to enhance your learning.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Lecturers will facilitate seminar groups to support academic development. You will have access to lecturers at specifically designated times via online forums; email; group tutorials and one to one meetings. Formative and summative assessment tasks include ‘feedforward’ in preparation for assignments, and ‘feedback’ to identify aspects of students’ strengths and also aspects which require development. Contact details for all tutors for this module are available in the module handbook and via the Electronic Learning Portal (eLP).

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

1. Debate the complex processes underpinning the design and delivery of public health interventions, with specific emphasis on how at risk groups, diseases and populations impact on their success/effectiveness.

2. Reflect upon the idea of behaviour change to appreciate the challenges and opportunities relating to changing illness or lifestyle behaviours and their prevention.

3. Develop an understanding of individual and population health in relation to disease and risk prevention strategies.


Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
4. Develop transferable research skills by continuing to read and analyse the contribution of published research and policy on public health.

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment

A range of formative tasks will be embedded into the content of the module including presentations, small group discussions and independent library based research. Formative assessment will also involve carrying out case studies on public health policy and practice initiatives.

Summative Assessment
A case study of a public health intervention that critically evaluates the pros/cons and impact on the population in question (3000 words) (MLOs 01, 02, 03, 04, 05).
1. Identify and briefly outline a key public health policy or initiative.
2. Critically debate the rationale behind its introduction
3. Draw on and critically apply relevant public health theory to explore the impact on public health practice
4. Critically consider the impact of this on individual / population health

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

The aim of this module is to support you to develop a critical understanding of public health theory, policy and research and apply this to the complex and dynamic health and social care context.

In this module you will critically explore and analyse key concepts relating to public health theory and practice. This will include developments in public health policy and prevention research and approaches to practice. You will examine the changing public health context and the emergence of ‘lifestyle illnesses’ which affect population health and individual health behaviours. You will be introduced to behavioural science and behaviour change theory, to equip you with a detailed understanding of the challenge and opportunities for improving health behaviours and lifestyles in individuals and populations.

The module also will examine research conducted on healthcare risks, lay beliefs, help seeking behaviour and the ‘prevention paradox’. Key sessions will support you to critically explore a range of public health initiatives from past and current literature, critical evaluation of case studies and the evidence and personal knowledge based on your own, and other students’ and tutors’ experiences.

Course info

UCAS Code L5L6

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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Module Information

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Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future. Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.

 

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