OT0610 - Occupational Perspective on Public health

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What will I learn on this module?

This module will develop your understanding of the public health agenda. You will critically explore regional, national and international public health issues and priorities and develop familiarity with policy and legislation that supports this agenda. You will consolidate your knowledge and understanding of theory and concepts from occupational science, including occupational justice, occupational marginalisation and occupational apartheid, applying an occupational perspective to contemporary public health policy and political discourses.
You will develop an understanding of health promotion approaches and models and strategies to support behaviour change, with a focus on the occupational nature of human beings as a means for promoting and sustaining well societies. All of this knowledge will be applied to a practice based project in a subsequent module.

How will I learn on this module?

Enquiry based learning supported by lectures and workshops

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The identified module tutor, alongside the module teaching team, will structure face-to-face and on-line learning opportunities to support your learning within the module and to assist you to work towards the module assessment. The module handbook, the electronic reading list, and information communicated throughout the module within sessions and on the e-learning portal will all signpost you to resources to support your academic development.

A formative assessment opportunity will assist you to develop your project idea. Staff and/or peer feedback will assist you to evaluate your own progress within the module and identify areas for development. Assessment preparation with the module teaching team will also be an integral part of the module.
The summative assessment will be a conference-style poster proposing the development of an occupation focussed, public health orientated activity within an identified community.

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. Understand regional, national and international public health policy and priorities and debate the influence of occupations and the relevance to occupational therapy.
2. Understand and apply occupational science concepts in relation to groups, communities and populations
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Synthesise information from a range of sources to inform critical decision making.
4. Present health information in a clear and accessible manner.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

5. Demonstrate and articulate an inclusive approach which respects and values diversity.

How will I be assessed?

Please give details of all formative and summative assessment process indicating which MLOs will be addressed and how feedback will be provided.

Formative assessment:
Students will present a visual representation of how an occupational perspective informs a public health concern.

Summative assessment
A conference-style poster proposing an occupation centred public health orientated project for an identified community.
Students will be given clear guidance on confidentiality and anonymity.

You will receive written feedback summarising strengths and areas for development from your summative assessment.

This will promote achievement of all MLO’s


Level 4 and 5 modules



Module abstract

This module will bring an Occupational Science perspective to local and global health and wellbeing concerns. Drawing on concepts such as occupational justice, occupational marginalisation and occupational apartheid, you will explore the wider political, environmental, social and cultural factors that shape the forms and patterns of doing that influence health and wellbeing.
You will be supported and encouraged to engage with local, national and global debates on health in order to develop and apply your own understanding of occupational perspectives of populations and public health concerns.
The development of knowledge and skills on this module will increase an appreciation of the political, sociocultural and environmental factors of human occupation and relationship to health and wellbeing.

Course info

UCAS Code B920

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Department Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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