COMM06055 2019 Health Communications

General Details

Full Title
Health Communications
Transcript Title
Health Communications
70 %
Subject Area
COMM - Communication
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Victoria Stevens
Programme Membership
SG_SHEAL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Physiology SG_SHEAL_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Health Science and Physical Activity SG_SHEAL_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Health and Exercise Science

The module aims to develop the learner’s knowledge of communications in a health communications context and to develop key literacy skills.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


discuss the introductory concepts relating to communications and health communications theory.


discuss how interpersonal interactions in health contexts influence people’s health and health care experiences.


present health science information in an effective and professional manner.


prepare written academic compositions on health topics.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered full time.

Lectures and supplementary reading will provide the foundation theory.  Theory assessment examples are:- reflections in a learning journal, short answer tests, MCQs.

Self Directed Learning: Set around specific topics, students will combine what is learned in lectures and workshops with the additional activities they are set outside of class time.  

Formative Feedback

Workshops in a computer laboratory setting allows students to learn in a group setting and benefit from timely feedback from the lecturer to check their own progress towards achieving the learning outcomes of the module and to motivate learning.

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 100% Continuous Assessment.



1. Personal Learning Journal (40%: Individual Mark)

Health Communications & Presentations:

Variety of assessment to be set and appropriate examples include: short class tests/ Online Moodle quizzes/ practical activities with reflections/ directed readings and reflections/ contribution to discussions (online or class).

Literacy Skills:  Short complementary assessments examples include: short class tests/ mcqs/ complete assigned practical activities and reflect/complete assigned readings & reflect/ contribution to discussions (online or class).


 2. Presentation Skills (30%: Individual Mark = 15%;  Group Mark = 15%)

There are two components to this assessment:

  1. The learners will be assessed on ability to communicate visual information in a clear and concise manner (Group Mark)
  2. The learner will be assessed on ability to deliver messages on a health related topic in a presentation format (Individual Mark)


3. Written Assignment (30%: Individual Mark)

Range of Individual short written assessment (30%).  Examples: Short essays; Short written report and/or short written response to questions.


Repeat Assessments

Repeat Assessments if attendance requirement achieved and student does not achieve pass grade.

Repeat Attend if attendance requirement not achieved.

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

  • The Communications Models.
  • Science Communication.
  • Interpersonal Health Communications.
  • Health Communications.
  • Oral Presentation Skills (informing, explaining, presenting an argument, presenting data)
  • Literacy Skills (health media; general media; basic research strategies; academic writing; letter & email writing referencing; reading styles; critical thinking; visual literacy)

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Learning Journal Activities Continuous Assessment Individual Project 40 % OnGoing 1,2
2 Presentation Continuous Assessment Oral Exam 30 % OnGoing 3
3 Written Assignments Continuous Assessment Written Report 30 % OnGoing 4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Problem Based Learning Problem Based Learning Room Small group workshops 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Self Study, reflection & Group Work Activity 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
20/01/2017 Health Communication for Health Care Professionals : An Applied Approach Springer Publishing Company

Required Reading
01/01/2016 Interpersonal Communication Book, The, 14th Edition Pearson

Required Reading
01/01/2012 Intercultural communication : a reader Wadsworth Cengage Learning

Module Resources

Journal Resources

To be updated each academic year.


URL Resources

To be updated each academic year.

Other Resources