Core Module Information
Module title: Leadership and Collaborative Working in Public Health MPH Global Online

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: HSC11168
Module leader: Janette Pow
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Allied Health and Social Care Sciences


Description of module content:

This module aims to enhance student knowledge and understanding in relation to the theories and models of leadership and management relevant to public health. Students will explore theories of leadership, collaboration and partnership and their implications for health improvement in public health settings. Different public health contexts including community development, health promoting projects, health services and emergency planning will be explored. Students will reflect on their learning needs in relation to skills for collaborative leadership for service improvement. Students will also critically consider other models for planning, implementing, leading and evaluating public health projects in a range of contexts.
The module will include the following content:
• Theories and models of leadership, management, and collaborative working
• Differing contexts within public health leadership such as community development, health promotion projects, working with health services and other agencies and emergency planning
• The challenges and benefits of working with stakeholders such as service users, community groups and policy makers when leading public health initiatives
• Models and frameworks for public health implementation
• Negotiation and influencing skills
• Professional boundaries and identities and implications for inter-professional and inter agency working in public health.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
LO1: Critically analyse and evaluate leadership and management theories which work to improve health
LO2: Demonstrate critical understanding of public health leadership and collaborative working in different contexts i.e. community development, health promotion projects, health services and emergency planning
LO3: Distinguish and explore between different models for planning, implementing, leading and evaluating public health projects and justify their application to public health practice at the individual and population level
LO4:Evaluate strategies that enhance critical skills in facilitating, negotiating and influencing public health approaches and the contribution made by a range of disciplines and professionals to the development and provision of public health services for health improvement.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 3, ONLINE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: ONLINE
Location of delivery: ONLINE
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Janette Pow
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module will be delivered online via Moodle. The module equips students with the skills and knowledge to be able to apply different theories and models of leadership and management relevant to public health practice. Principles of student autonomy, self-determination and independent learning underpin the learning and teaching approach in this module which incorporates a 'flipped classroom' approach.
The flipped classroom approach enables students to engage with concepts informed by evidence prior to tutorials. During online tutorials students will be facilitated to apply and critically discuss what they have learned during the online self-directed activity. Tutorials are designed to allow students to learn as part of a community of learners where they can share their learning, learn from others, offer and receive support and offer healthy challenge to the work of others. The module will be presented as follows:
A core VLE page that has the following:
• An introductory/ overview video that explains the aims and structure of the module
• Links to five units covering all learning outcomes. Each unit will cover a different learning outcome
• Link to final summative assessment.
Each unit of the module will involve the following:
• A short introductory video which provides an overview of key concepts to be discussed in that unit.
• A brief narrative which will provide a commentary and links to key issues.
• Key reading drawn from the literature (with a focus on the use of case studies).
• A reflective exercise – see point below regarding reflective exercise
• End of Unit self-assessment exercises
• An online tutorial that will provide opportunities ranging from discussion of key learning points, through to practical group exercises.
Sessions within the module are designed to encourage students to reflect upon the extent to which leadership and collaborative working in public health practice is crucial for public health improvement. UK and international case studies are used to illustrate and guide discussions on public health projects and complex interventions utilising collaborative approaches for public health improvement. Additionally, students are encouraged to develop their leadership skills and apply collaborative approaches to the planning, implementation, and evaluation of public health projects. Students are expected to critically appraise and evaluate the value of relevant field specific literature. Formative assessment opportunities and guided tasks will allow students to identify learning strategies to meet their personal learning needs and to meet the learning outcomes for the module.
To promote the public health identity of the programme and to recognise the value for you to develop professional networks, synchronous activities will be organised i.e., tutor and peer led online group discussions and online seminars. The aim of these synchronous activities is to facilitate a student group identity and community of practice within your cohort. A further key aim of these activities is to enable you to ‘get to know’ the other students within your cohort on the programme becoming a community of learners.

Formative Assessment:
1) You will produce an electronic academic poster on one powerpoint slide which will critically analyse collaborative partnership working issues in an existing or previous public health complex intervention. This will be presented to your peers and module tutors in a five minute presentation. You will receive feedback from your peers and tutors and this feedback will help you develop your final electronic academic poster which is one element of the summative assignment - presentations will take place in week 6 and you will be allocated a five minute slot to present.
The electronic poster will provide the opportunity for you to present a visual representation of key issues relating to the rationale and effectiveness of an example of public health management and collaborative/partnership working
2) You will be asked to provide an outline plan (500 words max) of your report (part 2 of summative assessment) - you will be given 1:1 feedback from the tutor which will feed forward into your final report

Summative Assessment:
1) The summative component: submission of the final version of the academic poster which critically analyses collaborative/partnership working issues within an existing collaborative public health intervention project. Component one 50% weighting
2) 2000 essay which critically discusses and evaluates the importance of management and leadership theory and its application within public health intervention projects - both components submitted in week 12 (Summative Assessment, LOs 1-4). Component two 50% weighting

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Tutorial 10
Online Seminar 10
Online Guided independent study 170
Online Practical classes and workshops 10
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Poster 50 1-4 12 HOURS= 05.00, WORDS= 1000
Essay 50 1-4 12 HOURS= 05.00, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
HSC 11168 Leadership and Collaborative Working in Public Health for MPH