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MEDI6072 Enabling Change for Health improvement

Module Overview

This module combines the theory and practice of health promotion. Students are encouraged to be active participants in their learning. Resources for self-paced learning will be available at the start of the module. Students are encouraged to practice teamwork, teaching, facilitation and presentation skills during the taught sessions. Expert speakers illustrate the multi-disciplinary breadth and diversity of health improvement science and practice. Themes covered are: health promotion theory; social marketing, health behaviour change; social and mass media; community engagement; collaborative working; health promoting settings; innovation in complex healthcare systems, and leading and managing change. The assignment develops competencies in needs assessment, evaluating evidence, qualitative inquiry and intervention development

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To give you an understanding of the principles, models and concepts of health promotion to enable you to select appropriate interventions that improve the health of individuals and populations around the world, using a range of contemporary public health issues as examples

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Analyse the reasons behind the distribution of health and the wider determinants of health within and between communities.
  • Evaluate the implications for change at different levels and the complexity of health improvement.
  • Analyse the components of intersectoral collaborative working and community engagement in health improvement and discuss the importance of identifying key stakeholders when tackling contemporary public health issues.
  • Discuss alternative models of leadership and management and consider the implications for effective health promotion
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Assimilate evidence-based information so as to communicate messages effectively to different audiences
  • Reflect on self-management, team working and communication in multi-disciplinary professions. This links with cross-programme professional development provision
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Interrogate the evidence for public health improvement to design an intervention and apply appropriate evaluation methods for public health improvement.
  • Apply theoretical knowledge about enabling different health improvement models and theories at different levels in different settings
  • Appraise the complexity of influences on social and individual behaviour and ways of effecting change for health improvement.


• Concepts, principles, theories, models and ethical values of health promotion, determinants of health • Social marketing principles and techniques , • Health needs and assets assessment, stakeholder analysis • Behavioural change theory and practice, health literacy • Social and mass media, health promoting technology, evidence for health promotion interventions (including financial incentives, communicating risk, social networks) • Community engagement and development, empowerment, participation, community assets, salutogenesis • Methods of collaborative working, conflict resolution, teamwork, stakeholder engagement • Health promoting environments and settings, change management, organisational development, diffusion of innovations • Advocacy for health, roles of private, community and public sectors, power and politics of health, legislation and fiscal approaches • Leading and managing change

Special Features

The content aims to fulfil the knowledge and skills requirements for aspects of training of UK public health specialists, public health practitioners and European health promotion practitioners as follows: • FPH Part A Syllabus • UKPHR Defined Specialist Public Health . • UKPHR Public Health Practitioner. • Professional standards for health promotion in Europe (CompHP). • Association for Nutrition standards for Registered Nutritionists (Public Health) standards

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

A range of methods will be used including lectures, tutorials, active participatory methods including learning groups, workshops, practice based learning and student presentations; e-learning/ interactive tools, guided reading, group study and individual study

Independent Study210
Total study time250

Resources & Reading list

Tones K, Green J. (2010). Health promotion planning and strategies. 

Marks DF, Murray M, Evans B, Estacio EV. (2011). Health psychology. Theory research and Practice. 

Ledwith L. (2011). Community development: A critical approach. 

Naidoo J, Wills J. (2013). Foundations for health promotion. 


Assessment Strategy

There will be three components to the assessment i) group presentation, ii) individual report and iii) individual written reflection. The pass mark for the module and all components is 50%. The group presentation and individual report must be passed to pass the module. If you do not achieve the pass mark on this module by achieving 50% or more in all components, you may still pass by compensation for the written reflection. To do this, you must achieve a qualifying mark of 40% in this component. Each of the component marks is then combined, using the appropriate weighting, to give an overall mark for the module. If this overall mark is greater than or equal to 50% you will have passed the module. If your overall mark is less than 50% when the weighting has been applied to the components, you will have failed the module. If you have not achieved 40% or more on all components, you cannot use compensation and have failed the module. If you have failed the module, you will have the opportunity to submit work at the next referral (re-sit) opportunity for all components where you have not achieved the pass mark. Marks for components which were passed will be carried forward. You must achieve the pass mark in all referred components. On passing your referrals, your final module mark will be capped at 50%.


MethodPercentage contribution
Group presentation  (15 minutes) 20%
Individual report  (2500 words) 65%
Individual written reflection  (500 words) 15%


MethodPercentage contribution
Group presentation  (15 minutes) 20%
Individual report  (2500 words) 65%
Individual written reflection  (500 words) 15%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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