HLTH09006 2019 Evidence Based Health Promotion Practice

General Details

Full Title
Evidence Based Health Promotion Practice
Transcript Title
Evidence Based Health Promotio
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Subject Area
HLTH - Health Studies
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
09 - NFQ Level 9
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Maire McCallion
Programme Membership
SG_SHEAL_O09 201900 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Health Promotion and Project Management SG_SHPRP_M09 201900 Master of Science in Health Promotion and Project Management SG_SHEAL_E09 201900 Certificate in Health Promotion and Wellness Practice SG_SHPPM_M09 201900 Master of Science in Health Promotion and Project Management SG_SHEAL_O09 201900 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Health Promotion and Project Management SG_SHEAL_E09 201900 Master of Science in Health Promotion and Wellness Practice SG_SHEAL_E09 201900 Certificate in Health Promotion and Wellness Practice

 The Student will learn about the the process of Evidence Based Practice (EBP) which includes how to form a research question, search for relevant  evidence, the subsequent analysis and synthesis of the findings and the dissemination and implementation of these findings. Students will also examine how to incorporate practitioner experience and service user views into their evidence based practice. This module will equip also students with the key competencies and skills required to source, critically appraise and communicate evidence within the health, wellness, health promotion and public health area.

Learning Outcomes

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


Demonstrate an understanding of core epidemiological principles relevant for critical appraisal of epidemiological studies.


Intelligently source and critically appraise and synthesise evidence pertaining to health, wellness, health promotion and public health


Develop strategies and utilise frameworks for putting evidence based research into practice


Critically discuss how evaluations can be designed to contribute to practice informed evidence in health promotion. 


Communicate evidence at appropriate level in a variety of settings and to different population groups across the lifespan 

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The educational elements will be provided by the Institute of Technology Sligo 

Additional lecturing, as required, may be provided by outside specialists and practitioners 

Online delivery is proposed with student exposed to a blend of learning activities including  synchronous and asynchronous delivery of lectures, online tutorials and reflective tasks. Chunking will be used providing short videos of smaller amounts of content which will be available on the moodle site. Additional materials will be provided on moodle.

Module Assessment Strategies

This module will be assessed on the basis of 100% continuous assessment

Students will be assessed through various assessment processes including some or all of the following; critical appraisal tasks, evidence searching and writing, communication based projects and writing literature reviews. 

Repeat Assessments

This programme allows students to progress to a next stage if they have a failed to attain the pass mark for a particular module.  A student may be allowed to carry up to 10  credits into a new stage.  This policy is at the discretion of the examination board

Indicative Syllabus

Epidemiological study design and hierarchy of evidence 

Searchable questions using PICO 

Databases of health promotion research 

Critical appraisal tools Epidemiological concepts and principles for practice 

Analysis and synthesis of findings from critical appraisals 

Decision Making & the evidence informed practitioner  

The role of theory/ logic and qualitative research in evidence based health promotion.  

Challenges and dilemma of evidence based/ evidence informed practice

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Critical Appraisal of Evidence Project Assignment 30 % OnGoing 1,2,5
2 Case study evaluation scenarios Practical Assignment 30 % End of Semester 3,4
3 Review of Literature Project Assignment 40 % Week 13 2,5

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Not Specified Lectures/Flipped Classroom 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2012-01-17 Evidence-Based Public Health Practice SAGE
ISBN 9781412997447 ISBN-13 1412997445
Required Reading
2017 Evidence-based Public Health Oxford University Press
ISBN 9780190620936 ISBN-13 0190620935

Preceded by Evidence-based public health / Ross C. Brownson ... [et al.]. 2nd ed. 2011.

Required Reading
2018-08-31 Understanding Research Methods for Evidence-Based Practice in Health
ISBN 0730363317 ISBN-13 9780730363316

From heavyweight health author Trisha Greenhalgh and an all-star team of Australian contributors, this first edition is the only resource tailored specifically to align with the most common topics in a 12-week evidence-based practice unit for Nursing and Allied Health courses. Comprising insightful and engaging content, this resource is unique in its focus on consumers of research - keeping students focused on the skills most relevant to them.

Recommended Reading
2008-09-09 Statistics Workbook for Evidence-based Health Care BMJ Books
ISBN 1405146443 ISBN-13 9781405146449
Required Reading
2013 Evidence-based Practice Across the Health Professions Churchill Livingstone
ISBN 0729541355 ISBN-13 9780729541350

Inter-professional education that begins in undergraduate or graduate-entry programs has been accepted by universities as a proven method for fostering collaborative practice among health professionals yet there are few truly multidisciplinary books about evidence-based practice that meet the needs of undergraduate and postgraduate students enrolled in inter-professional courses. Evidence-based Practice across the Health Professions is designed to meet this need. It provides the reader with an excellent foundation in the knowledge and skills necessary to perform and understand the implications of evidence-based practice within a healthcare environment. It discusses the critical role of clinical reasoning and includes a range of practical strategies to facilitate shared decision making and effective communication with clients for improved client outcomes.

Recommended Reading
2005 Behavioural Change Elsevier Health Sciences
ISBN 9780443073571 ISBN-13 0443073570
Required Reading
2017-03-02 Critical Appraisal of Epidemiological Studies and Clinical Trials Oxford University Press
ISBN 9780199682898 ISBN-13 0199682895

Since publication of the first three editions of this hugely successful book, systematic methods of critical appraisal have been accepted as central to healthcare provision, both in critical applications and in a wider health services and community perspective. This new edition builds on thework of the previous editions by presenting a fully updated and accessible system of critical appraisal applicable to clinical, epidemiological, and public health studies, and related fields.The book outlines the systematic review process for the establishment of causal effect within single and multiple studies. Focusing primarily on study design, it covers randomized and non-randomized trials, cohort studies, case-control studies, and surveys, showing the presentation of resultsincluding person-time and survival analysis, and issues in the selection of subjects. It then describes the process of detection and assessment of selection biases, observation bias, confounding, chance variation, and how to determine internal validity and external validity (generalizability).Statistical methods are presented in an accessible way, illustrating applications to each study design. Positive features of causation including strength, dose-response, and consistency are also discussed. The final chapters provide six examples of critical appraisals of major studies, encompassing randomized trials, prospective and retrospective cohort studies, and case-control studies. Statistical issues are explained clearly without complex mathematics, and the most useful methods are summarized inthe appendix, each with a worked example. Each main chapter includes self-test questions, with answers provided, making the book ideally suited to readers with no prior epidemiological or statistical knowledge.Developed over four editions, Critical Appraisal of Epidemiological Studies and Clinical Trials is an invaluable aid to the effective assessment of new studies in epidemiology, public health, research methods, evidence-based methods, clinical medicine, and environmental health; making it essentialreading for postgraduates, practitioners, and policymakers in these fields.

Recommended Reading
2002-08-30 Making Sense of Critical Appraisal CRC Press
ISBN 0340808128 ISBN-13 9780340808122

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Leen, Brendan;Bell,Miriam & McQuillan, Patricia (2014).  Evidence-based practice: a practice manual. Kilkenny. HSE. https://www.hse.ie/eng/about/who/qid/use-of-improvement-methods/nationalframeworkdevelopingpolicies/8-evidence-based-practice-a-practice-manual.pdf 


Haby M and Bowen S 2010, Making decisions about interventions. A guide for evidence-informed policy and practice, Prevention and Population Health Branch, Victorian Government Department of Health,  Melbourne.file:///C:/Users/M%C3%A1ire%20Mc%20Callion/Downloads/Making%20decisions%20about%20interventions%20V3%20web%20-%20PDF.pdf


Greenhalgh, T. (2014) How to read a paper - the basics of evidence based medicine ( 5th  Ed.). BMJ Books, Blackwell Publishing. Greenhalgh, http://www.mazums.ac.ir/Dorsapax/Data/Sub_30/File/Read%20papers.pdf 


Journal Resources

Lhachimi S. K., Bala M. M., Vanagas G. (2016 )Evidence-Based Public Health. BioMed Research International

URL Resources

The National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools - https://www.nccmt.ca/learningcentre/EN/index.php#main2.html

The Institute of Public Health - www.publichealth.ie


The Cochrane Collaboration http://www.cochrane.org/

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence https://www.nice.org.uk/ 

The Community Guide https://www.thecommunityguide.org/

Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP). http://www.casp-uk.net/