General Details

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Subject Area
HLTH - Health Studies
LIFE - Life Sciences
07 - NFQ Level 7
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Maire McCallion
Programme Membership
SG_SHEAL_H08 201600 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Health Science and Physical Activity

Public health is identified as both the ‘science and art of preventing disease, promoting and protecting and improving well-being through the organised efforts of society'. This module aims to give students the skills necessary for effective public health practice. These include assessing health problems, developing healthy public policies and effective health care systems. It involves working collaboratively across a variety of disciplines and researching and implementing evidence based practice to promote the health of the population.

Learning Outcomes

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


Describe how public health has evolved and  identify the current core functions of public health. 


Describe current public health practice and the development of an evidence based public health practice.


Identify the different skills and disciplines  required for effective public health practice and review their own competencies for promoting public health.


Asses current public health problems and identify means of prioritising actions.


Debate current and ethical issues in public health.


Analyse health policies and their development in Ireland and debate current health policy issues in relation to the provision of healthcare.


Conduct a policy analysis of policies in each Government Department and their impact on Public Health.


Identify the potential mechanisms for developing and changing policy in Ireland and select a policy issue and develop and implement an advocacy plan for their issue.

Module Assessment Strategies

Students will be assessed weekly on their contribution to their advocacy project. Evidence will be requested of their contribution to their groups’ activities and also of the groups meeting minutes and agendas.

Students will be assessed on presentation of a group advocacy project and also their ability to debate a prepared topic. Student’s oral presentations will be video recorded to ensure reliability of assessment and also to give students an opportunity to appraise their own performance

A terminal exam will assess the student’s knowledge and formative assessments will be given on a regular basis to aid revision and give students feedback on their learning.

Module Dependencies

Determinants of Health

Indicative Syllabus

The evolution of Public Health Practice -The New Public Health

Standards for Public Health Practice

Health Surveillance and Assessment

Infectious Diseases and Health

Research & Evidence for Public Health

Health Service Planning & Delivery - Ireland and Other Countries 

Evidence Based Practice & Public Health

Environmental Issues and Globalisation

Tackling  the Determinants of Health -Policies & Strategies for Health

Collaborative working -Partnerships for Health

Evolution of health services and health policy in Ireland

Healthy Public Policies -Nationally & Locally

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
60 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
40 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Group Project Oral Presenation and Written paper on anlaysing current policy and developing and implementing an adovcacy project to promote health Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % Week 7 7,8
2 Short Answer Questions Revision Formative UNKNOWN - % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
3 Essay Debate on public Health Issue Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % OnGoing 2,3,4

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 40 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Group Learning Flat Classroom Group Learning 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Study 8 Weekly 8.00
Lecture Tiered Classroom Public Health 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 5.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Carr, S., Unwinb, N. & Pless-Mullolli (2007). An Introduction to Public Health and Epidemiology (2nd Edition). Berkshire: Open University Press.

Vetter, N. and Matthews, I. (1999). Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine. London: Churchill Livingstone.

Naidoo,J. & Wills, J. (2005). Public Health and Health Promotion: Developing Practice. London: Elsevier.

Pencheon, D., Guest, C. Melzer, D and Muir Gray JA. (2001). Oxford Handbook of Public Health Practice. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Douglas, J. Earle, S, Handsley, S. Lloyd, C & Spurr,S. (eds). (2007). A Reader in Promoting Public Health: Challenge & Controversy.  Milton Keyes: open University.

Ashton, J. & Seymour, H. (1988). The New Public Health. Milton Keynes: Open University Press.

Orme, J., Poweel, J.,Taylor, P. Harrison, T. & Grey, M. (2003). Public Health for the 21st Century:  New perspectives on policy, participation and practice. Berkshire: Open University Press.

Baggott, R. (2000). Public Health: Policy and Politics. Hamphshire: Palgrave Macmillian.

Ståhl, T., Wismar, M., Ollila, E., Lahtinen, E. & Leppo, K. (eds) (2006). Health in All Policies. Finland: Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.  http://ec.europa.eu/health/ph_information/documents/health_in_all_policies.pdf [Last accessed 28/02.2008]  

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