HLTH07032 2019 Public Health Practice

General Details

Full Title
Public Health Practice
Transcript Title
Public Health Practice
75 %
Subject Area
HLTH - Health Studies
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
07 - NFQ Level 7
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Edwenia OMalley, Maire McCallion
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

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;


Identify the core functions of public health and analyse current public health practice


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


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


Develop an advocacy plan for developing or changing policy in Ireland showing an understanding of various mechanism for policy change. 


Debate current policy and ethical issues in public health.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Lectures will be used to introduce students to key concepts and to give relevant and current  examples and bring meaning to the various concepts and issues in public health. Short multiple choice questions will be given during lectures to review and revise some of the previous lecture materials.

Practicals will involve active participation of students in selecting an advocacy issue and the design of an advocacy/ policy change plan. Students will be encourage to source peer relevant data to support their case.

Students will be presented with a number of peer reviewed papers relevant to the syllabus to discuss and apply relevant public health concepts. Furthermore students will be encouraged to develop debates on topical issues in public health.

Students will be given feedback from lecturer and also from peers where relevant. Presentations will be video recorded and students will be encouraged to review their own performance and set goals for further development and learning.

Module Assessment Strategies

Terminal Exam and Continuous Assessment 

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.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat continuous assessment or final exam. 

Module Dependencies

Determinants of Health

Indicative Syllabus

Public Health Functions & Operations 

Health Surveillance and Assessment

Infectious Diseases and Health

Evidence Based Practice & Public Health

Tackling  the Determinants of Health -Policies & Strategies for Health

Environmental Issues and Globalisation

Collaborative working -Partnerships for Health

Evolution of health services and health policy in Ireland

Healthy Public Policies -Nationally & Locally

Ethics in Public Heatlh 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Public Policy Advocacy Project Continuous Assessment Group Project 25 % Week 7 4
2 Short Answer Questions Revision Formative UNKNOWN - % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
3 Debate on public health Issue Continuous Assessment Assignment 25 % OnGoing 5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 50 % End of Term 1,2,3

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Group Learning Flat Classroom Group Learning 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning Not Specified 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

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2016-01-07 The New Public Health Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN 0195588088 ISBN-13 9780195588088

The fourth edition of Fran Baum_Ts The New Public Health is the most authoritative resource available on the new public health. It offers readers the opportunity to gain a sense of the scope of the new public health visions, and combines theoretical and practical material to help readers understand the social and economic determinants of health. Based on the premise of previous editions _" that the new public health promotes equity in order to improve health across the globe _" this new edition has been fully revised to reflect recent developments in the theory, practice and direction of the new public health. This book is written for students of public health, health professionals working in public health, preventative medicine and primary health care settings, health and environment planners and those interested in creating communities that maximise health for people and the environment. Integrating knowledge and methodologies from the social sciences, environmental sciences and humanities, The New Public Health presents a comprehensive package of ideas and directions for public health focused on achieving a fairer, more sustainable and equitable world.New to this editionAll chapters have been substantially revised and all data and figures have been updatedNew chapter on Public Health AdvocacyMore content on food security; globalisation and climate change, and sustainability; violence in Australia; emergencies and disasters New practical examples demonstrate application of public health principles, highlighted in boxed features throughoutCritical reflection questions at the end of each chapter

Recommended Reading
2007-09-01 An Introduction To Public Health And Epidemiology McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
ISBN 9780335216246 ISBN-13 0335216242

The second edition of this bestselling book provides a multi-professional introduction to the key concepts in public health and epidemiology.

Required Reading
2019-02-15 Introduction to Public Health Elsevier
ISBN 0729543056 ISBN-13 9780729543057
Recommended Reading
2014-06-04 Leading Public Health Springer Publishing Company
ISBN 9780826199072 ISBN-13 0826199070

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

WHO (2014). The case for investing in public health. Copenhagen: WHO. http://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/278073/Case-Investing-Public-Health.pdf 

Journal Resources

Frieden TR. (2010). A framework for public health action: the health impact pyramid. Am J Public Health.;100(4):590-5. 

Currie, L.M., Clancy, L. (2011) The road to smoke-free legislation in Ireland. Addiction. 106(1): 15-24. 

URL Resources

Healthy Ireland http://www.healthyireland.ie/

Health Protection Surveillance Centre https://www.hpsc.ie/

The Institute of Public Health  www.publichealth.ie

Public Health Ontario. https://www.publichealthontario.ca/ 


Other Resources

Wilkinson< R (2011). How economic inequality harms society. TED talk. https://www.ted.com/talks/richard_wilkinson 

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