Core Module Information
Module title: Principles and Theory of Public Health for Health Improvement MPH Global Online Programme

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

Module code: HSC11170
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 your knowledge and understanding in relation to the key principles and theories underpinning public health and how these apply to public health practice for health improvement. This will include an overview of the history of public health and the current theoretical frameworks. The principles of health needs assessment will be examined. The importance of public health policies as well as factors influencing the formulation of public health policies will be explored. Additionally, you will critically explore the impact of social determinants of health and reflect upon the extent to which public health practice is evidence based

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically analyse and evaluate theoretical frameworks and principles in relation to a range of public health issues
LO2: Critically evaluate the impact of social determinants on health and wellbeing and the implementation of public health policy and reflect on the extent to which public health practice is evidence based.
LO3: Critically analyse and evaluate the application of the principles of health needs assessment to public health practice
L04: Distinguish between different health promotion strategies and justify their application to public health practice at the individual and population level

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, 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 flipped classroom approach will be adopted for this module which enables you to engage with concepts informed by evidence prior to tutorials. During online tutorials/seminars you will be facilitated to apply and critically discuss what you have learned during the online self-directed activities. Online tutorials/seminars are designed to allow you to learn as part of a community of learners where you can share learning, learn from others, offer and receive support and offer healthy challenge/debate 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 the formative and 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 exercise
• 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 you to reflect upon the extent to which public health practice is evidence-based. UK and international case studies are used to illustrate and guide discussions on public health concepts and frameworks. For example, UK government health strategies and policies, as well as World Health Organisation and global public health initiatives) are used to inform key discussion on public health policy.
Additionally, you are encouraged to apply key public health tools and principles (for example, health needs assessment and to identify public health related issues in specific populations and inform potential interventions). You are expected to critically appraise and evaluate the value of relevant field specific literature. Formative assessment opportunities and guided tasks will allow you to identify learning strategies to meet your personal learning needs and to meet the learning outcomes for the module.

Formative Assessment:
Completion and submission (via Turnitin) of an editorial template – feeding forward to the summative assignment (maximum 500 words) submitted online via Turnitin Week 6

Summative Assessment:
The summative component: students will use feedback from the formative template to develop an editorial for a peer reviewed Journal (2,000 words). The editorial will make a case for an intervention/innovation targeting a population health issue in public health (students own choice of topic contextual to them). The final assessment (2,000 words) is to be submitted in week 14 (Summative Assessment, LOs 1-4). The total summative components are worth 100% of the overall mark. Submitted online via Turnitin Week 12

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

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 100 1-4 12 HOURS= 08.00, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 0
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 0