NUTR06019 2019 Foundations of Health Promotion Practice

General Details

Full Title
Foundations of Health Promotion Practice
Transcript Title
Foundations of Health Promotio
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Subject Area
NUTR - Nutrition
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Irina Uzhova
Programme Membership
SG_SHUMA_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Human Nutrition SG_SHUMA_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition

This module will explore the concept of health promotion and the principles underlying health promotion practice. Students will be expected to develop the skills required to plan, implement and evaluate a theoretical health promotion initiative. Learners will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to apply health promotion practice to individuals and communities.

Learning Outcomes

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


Describe and interpret the principles of health promotion


Demonstrate an understanding of key health promotion competencies, models and strategies


Illustrate the core skills required in planning, implementing and evaluating health promotion initiatives.


Identify and explore health promotion organisations and initiatives currently in place in relation to nutrition/ health promotion topics in specific population groups and settings.


Explore ethical considerations in health promotion

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module wll be facilitated through a combination of lectures and workshops which will foster learning through a range of practical and problem based learning to suit varying levels of experience and a diversity of learners

Module Assessment Strategies

Assessment of the learning outcomes of this module will be through 100% continuous assessment throughout the semester. The continuous assessment will comprise of student presentations and written assignments.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessments will follow a similar format i.e. presentation and/or written assignment

Indicative Syllabus

Overview of Health Promotion

Core Principles of Health Promotion Practice

Models and approaches to Health Promotion Practice

Overview of Settings/Topics/Population

Health Promotion Initiatives including: planning, implementing and evaluating Health Promotion initiatives.

Ethical considerations in health promotion

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Review of HP organisation Continuous Assessment Assessment 40 % Any 1,2,4
2 Theoretical health promotion initiative Continuous Assessment Assessment 50 % Any 2,3,4,5
3 Evaluation of HP initiative Continuous Assessment Assessment 10 % Any 3

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Theory 1 Weekly 1.00
Workshop Flat Classroom Workshop 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Self Study 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2016-04-14 Foundations for Health Promotion Elsevier
ISBN 0702054429 ISBN-13 9780702054426

Revision of: Health promotion / Jennie Naidoo, Jane Wills. 2000. 2nd ed.

Required Reading
2007-04-01 Health Promotion Practice: Building Empowered Communities McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
ISBN 9780335220571 ISBN-13 0335220576

"The book provides an excellent combination of broad theoretical background with a generous helping of vocational guidance on the practice of health promotion." scotregen "A very welcome addition to the practical side of health promotion! Laveracks brief and simply-worded text weaves together just the right balance of theory, evidence, tips and case studies to satisfy the new learner looking to gain a grasp of health promotions empowering whole, while still offering new insights to the more seasoned practitioner." Ronald Labont, Institute of Population Health, University of Ottawa How can health promotion practitioners help communities to become more empowered? How do you encourage different communities to work together towards a shared goal? How can you focus your resources to be most effective in building empowered communities? How do you evaluate your success (and failures) in building empowered communities? Power and empowerment are two complex concepts that are central to health promotion practice. People experience empowerment in many different ways and this book explains an approach that has been used by health promoters to intentionally build and evaluate empowerment. The book provides a special focus on communities and is illustrated throughout with useful field experiences in the United Kingdom, Asia, North America, the Pacific region and Africa. The book aims to provide the reader with: An understanding of the key concepts of power and empowerment and the link to improved health outcomes in the context of health promotion programmes An understanding of practical approaches that can be used in health promotion programming to build and evaluate empowered communities Case study examples of how communities can be empowered in practice This unique book offers sound theoretical principles to underpin the practical approaches used to build empowered communities and brings together new and innovative approaches in health promotion practice. Health Promotion Practiceis essential reading for health promotion students and practitioners who want to learn more about innovative approaches to build empowered communities in their everyday work. It will inspire them to work in more empowering ways in health promotion practice and to carefully contemplate how they can influence the way others gain power.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Naidoo, J., Wills, J. (2016). Foundations for Health Promotion. Elsevier.

Laverack, G. (2007) Health Promotion Practice: Building Empowered Communities, McGraw-Hill Education (UK) 

Journal Resources

International Journal of Health Promotion

Journal of Health Education & Research

Journal of Health Promotion Practice

International Journal of Health Psychology

World Health Organisation (1986) The Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion. Geneva: WHO

URL Resources

Official Health Websites e.g WHO, Department of Health, Health Promotion Unit, International Union of Health Promotion & Education Various other articles, policy documents as appropriate during term