General Details

Full Title
Transcript Title
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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
Margaret McLoone
Programme Membership
SG_SPUBL_K08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Public Health and Health Prom

This module focuses on core topics that impact on one's health both positively and negatively.  During this module students will gain a detailed knowledge and understanding of core health practices and the impact they have on health.

Learning Outcomes

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


Demonstrate detailed knowledge and understanding of the concepts,  principles and theories of health promotion with specific reference to topics affecting health.


Critically appraise current research regarding topics that impact on health both positively and negatively.


Have detailed knowledge of current health issues of concern to society and their impact on health status.


Source, interpret and apply appropriate and referenced health related literature from current evidence base regarding a wide range of topics that impact on health.


Recognise and respect the views of others in terms of health risk practices.


Plan for the conductance of an effective health campaign addressing  a specific health topic and communicating the message effectively to a college based audience.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Students will learn by means of practical workshops each week 

These workshops will involve reflective practice and experiential learning

Module Assessment Strategies

Assessment will take place by means of a number of assessments;

1 Healthy Campus Awareness Campaign

2 Brief Intervention Health Workshop on a specific topic area

Repeat Assessments

Students will have to repeat attend the module if elements are not successfully completed 

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

Overview of health, health promotion and competencies for health promotion practitioners

Overview of relevant health related strategies, policy and legislation pertaining to specific health related topics

Focus on various Health Risk Behaviours (HRB) e.g. Excessive Alcohol Consumption, Tobacco Use, Poor Diet, Mental ill health, Unsafe Sexual Health Practices, Excessive Screen time

Focus on Health Protective Behaviours (HPB) e.g. Medical self responsibility,  Being Physically Active, Breastfeeding, Mental Health, Sexual Health, Health Diet & Nutritional Practices

Focus on maintaining and promoting HPB and reversing HRB strategies and methods

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Extensive discussion on various health topics taking broad perspectives from different health perspectives - student self-reflection.
Lecturer feedback regarding seminar presentation - individual.
Formative UNKNOWN - % OnGoing 5
2 Healthy Campus Awareness Fair Practical Assessment 50 % OnGoing 1,2,5,6
3 Brief Intervention Workshops Practical Assessment 50 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Independent Learning Not Specified Self Study 5 Weekly 5.00
Workshop Flat Classroom Enquiry Based Learning 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2014-02-10 Promoting Healthy Behaviour Routledge
ISBN 9781317818861 ISBN-13 1317818865

There is ever growing recognition by governments and healthcare professionals of the need to respond to the challenges of preventable diseases, especially so-called "lifestyle diseases", and of the influence that social class, gender, ethnicity, as well as individual differences play in health. This text explores the fundamental importance of psychology in the development of these lifestyle diseases, and how an understanding of psychological models is essential for the healthcare practitioner to predict behaviours and develop evidence-based interventions. This thoroughly updated edition includes new chapters looking at health inequalities, health promotion, working with special populations and understanding the role of social and psychological factors in some common conditions. These four additional chapters will enable the reader to better understand the place of lifestyle change within wider society. Beginning with an introduction to healthy behaviour and the context that health practitioners work in, the book goes on to look at issues, including: The role of psychology in lifestyle change Diet, alcohol, smoking and active lifestyles Sexual behaviour Chronic illness and vulnerable populations. Each chapter includes key features including learning objectives, case studies, key points and discussion questions, as well as how to apply the various research and theories to practice. Promoting Healthy Behaviour is a practical and informative guide for your practice both now and in the future, and is invaluable reading for healthcare professionals at any stage of their careers.

Required Reading
2010-05-04 Promoting Health: A Practical Guide - E-Book Elsevier Health Sciences
ISBN 9780702044397 ISBN-13 0702044393

This title is now out of print. A new version with e-book is available under ISBN 9780702044564. Promoting Health is a seminal text that has been used in the training and education of health promoters over the last 25 years and has shaped health promotion practice in the UK. This 6th edition has undergone significant revision by a new author, Angela Scriven, a leading academic widely published in the health-promotion field, bringing it up to date with current practice. The text provides an accessible practical guide for all those involved in health promotion. Concerned with the what, why, who and how of health promotion, it is invaluable to students of the discipline. Fully updated to meet the needs of todays public health practitioners Case studies and exercises enable application of ideas Provides practice and guidance on report writing, running meetings and working with the media and influencing policy Discusses working with groups and networks, as well as individual clients User-friendly, interactive style New, contemporary format

Required Reading
2012-08-14 Applied Topics in Health Psychology John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9781118314524 ISBN-13 1118314522

This selection of in-depth, critical and comprehensive chapters ontopical issues in applied health psychology features the work ofkey researchers and practitioners in the Australasian health systemand deals with both theoretical and methodological aspects of thesubject. The first health psychology text aimed specifically at regionalpostgraduate trainees Covers an array of topics and issues and focuses on appliedaspects of clinical health and health promotion Includes both specialized topics and new frontiers ofresearch Contextualizes health psychology teaching and learning forAustralasian students

Required Reading
2016-02-19 Foundations for Health Promotion Elsevier Health Sciences
ISBN 9780702054440 ISBN-13 0702054445

The new edition of the highly successful Foundations for Health Promotion continues to offer a wealth of information in a unique, user-friendly format. Containing over 300 artworks, tables and 'pull out' boxes, this helpful text covers the theory, strategies and methods, settings and implementation of health promotion. Applicable to a wide range of health and social care professionals and anyone engaged with education about health and wellbeing. Comprehensive updating and expansion to reflect recent research findings and major organizational and policy changes Clear structure and signposting for ease of reading and study Wide choice of examples and illustrative case studies reflect the needs of a variety of professional groups in health services, local and municipal services and education Interactive learning activities with indicative answers help readers consolidate their learning Comprehensively updated and expanded to reflect major organizational and policy changes Interactive learning activities with indicative answers at the end of each chapter 'Pull out' boxes illustrate recent research findings and case studies of practice

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

This module will rely on students utilised a wide range of peer reviewed journals, policy, strategy and legal based documents which are constantly changing and being updated.

Muir-Cochrane, E., Barkway, P. & Nizette, D. (2018) Pocketbook of Mental Health (3rd Ed.) Pub: Elsevier.

Coffee, G., Fenning, P. & Wells, T. (2015) Promoting Youth Sexual Health. Pub: Routledge

Gao, Z. (2017) Technology in Physical Activity & Health. Pub: Routledge

Harrington, N.G. (2014) Health Communication: Theory, Method & Application. Pub: Routledge.


Ewles L & Simnett I (2000) Promoting Health: a Practical Guide 4th Edition, Baillière Tindall London.

Ewles L (2005) Key Topics in Public Health: Essential Briefings on Prevention & Health Promotion Churchill Livingstone London.

Jones L, Sidell M & Douglas J (2002) The Challenge of Promoting Health: Exploration & Action Macmillan Press Ltd, Basingstoke.

Macdowall W Bonnell C & Davies M(2006) Health Promotion Practice Open University Press, Maidenhead.

Naidoo J & Wills J (2000) Health Promotion; Foundations for Practice 2nd Edition, Baillière Tindall: London.

Naidoo J & Wills J (2005) Public Health & Health Promotion; Developing Practice 2nd Edition, Bailliere Tindall: London.

Sidell M, Jones L, Katz J & Peberdy A (2003) Debates & Dilemmas in Promoting Health (2nd Edition) Macmillan Press Ltd, Basingstoke.

Journal Resources

Health Promotion Practice

Government Department Strategies and Policy both Nationally and Internationally

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Other Resources

Poster Boards to Display Health Awareness Campaigns