MW0516 - Public Health and Midwifery Practice

What will I learn on this module?

Midwives are normally the lead professionals at the start of life and as such have a fundamental role in ensuring that women and their families benefit from essential public health messages . The module will engage you with current policy and strategies to address health inequalities such as Starting Well and you will consider means to promote wellbeing across the life course. Building on your knowledge and understanding of women’s health you will further explore the sexual health needs of women.
Reflecting the Quality Maternity and Newborn Care Framework (QMNC) your learning on this module will develop your understanding of the health needs of childbearing women and enable you to appreciate the complexity of women’s lives. Specific attention will be given to groups of women where outcomes are less favourable such as those seeking asylum, women with learning difficulties and those using drugs and alcohol. Applying and enhancing your understanding of public health policy, epidemiology and health promotion theories, you will explore potential solutions in the promotion of health for women, families and their communities within a framework of ethical practice.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lectures, seminars and workshops where practice-based scenarios will be used as a vehicle for learning. For example, lectures will deliver key content, which underpins public health and interventions such as motivational interviewing whilst workshops will provide an opportunity for you to practice key skills for behaviour change. Seminars will be underpinned the values expressed in the QMNC Framework with attention given to community knowledge and understanding as elements in providing care tailored to women’s circumstances and needs.
Material will be posted regularly on the electronic learning platform (eLP). You will be encouraged to contribute to this with contemporary items relevant to the module outcomes and a discussion board will promote this dialogue and reflection outside the classroom.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported by the module tutors who will facilitate reflection and critical discussion during learning activities. Small group tutorials will be provided to support you to engage confidently with the requirements of the module assessment.

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:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of public health policy and its application to midwifery practice

2. Be able to discuss theories and perspectives which inform health promotion and health education

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

3. Demonstrate the skills required to effectively assess health needs and plan, implement and evaluate strategies, which will engage women and improve health outcomes.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. An enhanced awareness of the complexity of women’s lives with specific attention given to vulnerable women and their families

5. Reflect on personal values in relation to definitions of health and wellbeing whilst demonstrating sensitivity to cultural diversity within a sound framework of professional and ethical practice.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment: you will contribute to student led seminars and receive feedback aligned to the module outcomes and assessment criteria from peers and lecturers (MLO 1, 2, 3, 4). Self-assessment will also be used to reflect upon and develop personal skills (MLO5).

Summative assignment:
You will produce a 2500 word report detailing a midwifery contribution to public health activity community bid (MLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Written feedback and feedforward will be provided on your assignment.





Module abstract

This module explores and applies the concept and policy context of contemporary public health practice to midwifery practice. It illuminates the essential contributions that midwifery practice can make to population health and equips you with the knowledge and skills to begin this investment with families and communities. Your learning will be informed by public health policy and evaluated approaches, which have a positive impact upon health and wellbeing at population and individual service user level. The extent to which your learning has progressed is assessed through a novel, ‘real world’ scenario assessment task in which you contribute to a community public health improvement bid.

Course info

UCAS Code B720

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time (45 weeks per year)

Department Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2021 or September 2022

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Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of online and face to face teaching due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

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.

Students will be required to attend campus as far as restrictions allow. Contact time will increase as restrictions ease, or decrease, potentially to a full online offer, should restrictions increase.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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