Critical examination of concepts of health and need; complexity of factors influencing health and well being; political and social context of public health policy; research evidence of health inequalities and social exclusion; population health; epidemiology and interpretation of population data; managing conflicting evidence; systematic process of health needs assessment including participatory approaches; comparative study of health promotion theories and approaches; evidence base for collaborative public health interventions; ethical considerations; strategic planning for health improvement.
Intended learning outcomes
At the end of the module, you will be able to:
- Critically analyse the social and political context of the development of public health policy and its impact on public health practice.
- Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and critical understanding of the concepts of health and need.
- Explore and critically analyse the complexity of the relationship between material, psychosocial and behavioural determinants of health and well being, drawing upon research-based knowledge of inequalities in health and the impact of social exclusion.
- Evaluate and interpret data and information from a range of sources to inform the process of health needs assessment and make sound rational judgements about the priorities of a defined population.
- Interpret and apply the research evidence base for health promotion approaches and collaborative interventions, managing the implications and the complexities of ethical dilemmas that arise.
- Cameron, E., Mathers, J., Parry, J. (2008) Health and well-being: questioning the use of health concepts in public health policy and practice. Critical Public Health, 18, (2), p. 225-232
- Douglas J et al (2006) A reader in promoting public health: challenge and controversy. London: Sage.
- Earl, S et al (2007) Theory and research in promoting public health. London: Sage
- Green, J., Labonte, R (2007) Critical perspectives in public health. London: Routledge.
- Holland, S. (2008) Public Health Ethics. Cambridge: Polity.
- Kaptein, A., Weinman, J. (2008) Health Psychology. 2nd ed. Oxford: Blackwell. Lloyd, C.E et al (2007) Policy and practice in promoting public health. London: Sage
- Journal: Critical Public Health
Assessment, Feedback, and Teaching and Learning methods
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