HLTH08038 2019 Health Promotion Competencies

General Details

Full Title
Health Promotion Competencies
Transcript Title
Health Promotion Competencies
75 %
Subject Area
HLTH - Health Studies
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Maire McCallion
Programme Membership
SG_SPUBL_K08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Public Health and Health Prom

This module aims to give students experience in developing their competencies for health promotion action using the International Union of Health Promotion Competencies framework. Students will engage with the competencies through professional development planning, concrete experience in volunteering, interviewing practitioners in the field and conducting a situational assessment. The model will emphasise the importance of reflective practice and identification of ongoing professional development. 

Learning Outcomes

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


Reflect on their competencies using the IUHPE competencies in health promotion framework


Create a professional development plan which identifies specific actions which the students will undertake to strengthen his/her competencies in health promotion.


Conduct a situational assessment which shows key skills in group work, research, planning, partnership, leadership and communication.


Analyze how a health promotion practitioner uses various competencies in their role.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The IUHPE Competencies for Health Promotion are central to this module. Students will be presented with theories and examples in lectures. Practicals will use interactive methodologies and practice-based examples to engage students to develop their skills and insight into health promotion competencies. These competencies will be central to the development of students own professional development plans which incorporates volunteering (15 hours).  Students will interview a practitioner to get insights of the competencies in practice. Students will have opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills to the conducting a practical based situational assessment.

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 100% continuous assessment.

A number of different assessment  strategies will be incorporated into this module. 

Students will be assessed on the following 

  • Development of their situational assessment - through group report and updates
  • Individual report on their interview with a practitioner. 
  • Processional Development plan and achievement of the self directed goals.
  • Learning journal including reflections relating to all aspects of the programme. 

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Assessments 

Indicative Syllabus

IUHPE Competencies for Health Promotion.

Professional Development Planning.

Becoming a reflective practitioner.

Leadership models and skills.

Volunteering – Sourcing appropriate opportunities.

Conducting Situational Assessment 

  • Data gathering plans 
  • Consultation skills
  • evidence based practice
  • decision making
  • stakeholder engagement and partnership
  • communication
  • conflict management.

Interview skills. 


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Professional Development Plan Continuous Assessment Individual Project 30 % OnGoing 1,2
2 Practitioner Interview Project Individual Project 30 % Week 8 1,4
3 Situational Assessment Project Group Project 40 % Week 13 1,3

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Practical Computer Laboratory Workshop 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2015-01-22 Health Promotion Sage Publications Limited
ISBN 1446294005 ISBN-13 9781446294000

The definitive text on health promotion, this book covers both the knowledge-base and the process of health promotion at a level that lecturers say is perfect for specialist Health Promotion and Public Health courses. This edition comes with a brand new website for lecturers and students featuring case studies from around the world, questions for discussion and free access to relevant journal articles. The book also includes recent developments such as asset-based approaches, mental health promotion and the use of social media in promoting health

Required Reading
2016-02 Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating Health Promotion Programs Benjamin Cummings
ISBN 0134219929 ISBN-13 9780134219929

For undergraduate courses in Health Education, Promotion, and Planning. Provide Students with the Tools They Need to Be Successful in Health Promotion Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating Health Promotion Programs: A Primer provides students with a comprehensive overview of the practical and theoretical skills needed to plan, implement, and evaluate health promotion programs in a variety of settings. The Seventh Edition features updated information throughout, including the new Responsibilities and Competencies generated from the Health Education Specialist Practice Analysis-2015 (HESPA-2015), and reflects the latest trends in the field.

Required Reading
2017-07-19 Promoting Health
ISBN 0729542572 ISBN-13 9780729542579

Promoting Health examines the social, environmental, cultural and psychological determinants of health and illness and the role that primary health care has in addressing health inequalities and the broad range of skills that health practitioners need to address this issue. In this new edition, the authors have uniquely utilised two fundamental tenets central to all health promotion practice and developed key features from both the World Health Organization's Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion and the International Union for Health Promotion and Education's Core Competencies for Health Promotion. Drawing on internationally recognised health promotion frameworks, this text provides an essential toolkit for health promotion theory and practice for students across a broad range of disciplines. Putting the Ottawa Charter into Practice - illustrates the relevance and application of the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion to practice IUHPE Core Competencies for Health Promotion - outlines the relevant core competencies and how to achieve these skills EVOLVE RESOURCES: This new edition features student and instructor evolve resources to enhance your teaching and your student's learning. Student and Instructor Resources Reflective Questions at the end of each chapter Insights - extra questions with answers to encourage self-directed learning Additional Student Activities - further learning and study aids for each chapter Instructor only Resources Facilitator & Lecturer Guide provides direction for learning activities to incorporate into your teaching Visit http://evolve.elsevier.com/AU/Talbot/promotinghealth/ to find out more Identification of IUHPE Core Competencies For Health Promotion in all chapters 'More to explore' sections at the end of each chapter featuring additional readings and web links Updates to current policy and practice initiatives References embedded in each chapter to encourage readers to explore topics in more detail Includes eBook with print purchase on evolve

Module Resources

Journal Resources

Health Promotion Practice. https://journals-sagepub-com.ezproxy.library.itsligo.ie/loi/hpp

Health Promotion International. https://academic-oup-com.ezproxy.library.itsligo.ie/heapro/issue

International Journal of Health Promotion and Education. https://www-tandfonline-com.ezproxy.library.itsligo.ie/loi/rhpe20 

URL Resources

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

Public Health Ontario- Health Promotion. https://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/BrowseByTopic/HealthPromotion/Pages/Health-Promotion.aspx    

WHO- Health Promotion. https://www.who.int/topics/health_promotion/en/  

IUHPE (2016). Competencies for Health Promotion 

IUHPE Accredited Courses. https://www.iuhpe.org/index.php/en/iuhpe-global-register/iuhpe-accredited-courses