Module title: Conceptualising Public Health and the Social Context of Childbearing

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

Module code: MID11112
Module leader: Shona Montgomery
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Midwifery and Child Health


2019/0, Trimester 1, Blended,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Margaret Moran
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LO1-5
Your learning on this module will initially be facilitated using a combination of lectures and VLE materials (LO1-5). To facilitate the application of theory to evidence based practice group tutorials (LO1,3,4)
Team based approach (LO3,5) including practical workshops will be utilised (LO5). Feedback from student led activity will allow you to self-assess and improve on your own future performance (LO1-6)
Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills
These skills are enhanced by the content, teaching approaches and learning activities embedded in the module. These opportunities will promote the development of your practical, interpersonal, communication, written and oral, information retrieval, team working and time management which are relevant when planning, recognising and implementing appropriate care within the public health arena.
Research / teaching linkages
Throughout the module you are encouraged to access library resources and seek an evidence base for midwifery practice. This is achieved by examining the nature of evidence, applying it to practice and the acquisition of new midwifery skills.
Supporting equality and diversity
This module will conform to Edinburgh Napier University guidelines in supporting you in an inclusive and non-discriminatory manner, taking into consideration diverse student groups. These principles underpin the module content and philosophy of midwifery care.

This module will enable you to extend their focus to one which takes into account the relationship between local and national health care needs and responses within a wider global context.
For the purposes of Edinburgh Napier University Academic Regulations this is a SCNMSC theory module which will be graded using Level 11 Criteria

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment: Will include group presentation and debate which will form the main evidence for the summative assessment and a plan for the structure and content of the final assessment. (LO1-5).

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment: will compromise of a critique which will enable you to examine specific public health issues and agendas in relation to maternal and neonatal health and wellbeing (Week 14 )( LO1- 5).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 30
Face To Face Tutorial 10
Online Lecture 20
Independent Learning Guided independent study 140
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 100 1,2,3,4,5 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Throughout this module you will critically engage with knowledge of the psychosocial dimensions of childbearing and midwifery practice and explore the role of the midwife in the provision of public health and social care for the family unit from both a national and international perspective. In doing this you will consider how the midwife works in partnership with other professionals, agencies, users and carers.
In this module the content is divided into the following key areas:
The role of the midwife as a member of the multi-professional team, including voluntary agencies in public health and social inclusion will be examined in relation to public health and social theories.
Public Health Agenda
Knowledge will be developed in the principles of health promotion and prevention of illness in childbearing women from diverse backgrounds. You will critically explore current issues related to social and healthcare agendas, Perinatal mental health, Scottish Government, Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC). National and International policy perspectives in Childbearing (World Health Organisation (WHO), United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), Baby Friendly Initiatives (BFI)

You will develop critical analytical skills as you have the opportunity to explore epidemiology related to current maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity and the factors that influence this.
You will critically analyse social data from local, national and international perspective examining inequalities of health that impact on the health of vulnerable women and their families. Critically explore the relevance of antenatal and newborn screening.
Health Promotion Knowledge will be developed in the principles of health promotion and prevention of illness in childbearing women from diverse backgrounds. You will critically explore current issues related to social and healthcare agendas (GIRFEC).
Academic Development – information retrieval, report writing and research skills

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO 1. Critically appraise the effects public health factors have on childbearing outcomes.
LO 2. Examine the impact of social policy and the health and social inclusion agenda on women’s
experience of childbearing.
LO 3. Critically appraise the roles of professional agencies, institutions and voluntary groups and their impact on the experience of women and their families. .
LO 4. Appraise international and national strategies and policy in relation to maternal & infant
nutrition and how this impacts on health.
LO5. Critically reflect upon discussions involving service users and user groups to effectively utilise feedback and convey health promotion through parent education strategies.

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