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HLTH6046 Evidence Based Practice, research and epidemiology in occupational health nursing

Module Overview

Successful completion of this module contributes 30 credits towards the 140 credit Specialist Community Public Health Practice Programme.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To provide theoretical frameworks that will enable you to work confidently with employees who have complex needs. This includes evidence based approaches to promote, protect and recover health and wellbeing for an individual or group in the work place

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically analyse and judge targeted service provision and support networks intended to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for individuals, families and groups with complex needs
  • Justify the selection, implementation and evaluation of interventions that minimise and prevent risks to children and other vulnerable groups (e.g. safeguarding, interpersonal abuse and bullying).
  • Advocate and defend evidence-based practice and services that promote positive health and wellbeing outcomes.
  • Critically assess, debate and apply epidemiology and research data on population health and well being
  • Integrate and synthesise available evidence from research to develop effective recommendations to secure positive health & wellbeing outcomes.
  • Insightfully reflect on the therapeutic use of self to engage with individuals and to help them make informed choices regarding their health and well-being needs


• Risk assessment • Epidemiology of health and well being in the workplace • Research principles processes and issues in occupational health nursing • Theory of occupational rehabilitation • Environmental risks and protective strategies • Emergency responses to major incidents • Rehabilitative interventions with vulnerable individuals – teenage/young people, learning difficulties, non-English speaking, migrant workers, drug and/or alcohol misuse, • Complex needs – chronic illness; mental health issues; environmental exposure issues • Advanced infection control and management • Organisation of services, policies and drivers • Equality and diversity • Nice guidelines; DH policies;

Special Features

Practice experience is an integral part of this module, with a Practice Teacher and/or practice mentor required to support development in the field and to sign off the portfolio. These professionals must be approved and supported by the employer and possess the NMC approved qualification which you are studying to attain (i.e. school nurse, health visitor). You will also be working with a variety of practitioner roles contributing to public health improvement

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

A variety of teaching and learning approaches will be used in this module. These include lead lectures, discussion, guided reading, group activities, guided discovery learning and e learning. You will be encouraged to use your practice teacher/mentor/peers as a resource for learning.

Practical classes and workshops9.5
Independent Study255
Total study time301.2

Resources & Reading list

Rogers, B (2003). Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing: Concepts and Practice (Occupational Health Nursing: Concepts & Practice). 

Egan, G (2009). The Skilled Helper, International Edition. 

Marmot Review (2010). Fair Society, Healthy Lives: Strategic Review of health Inequalities in England post. 

Palmer, K.T., Cox, R.A.F., Brown, I. (2007). Fitness For Work: The medical Aspects. 

Lindsay, B. (2007). Understanding Research and Evidence-based Practice (Health and Social Care: Knowledge and Skills). 

Naidoo, J. and Wills, J (2009). Foundations for Health Promotion (Public Health and Health Promotion). 

NICE (2007). NICE Guidance Behaviour Change. Plus all NICE guidelines related to module subject matter as updated.. 

Suggested reading will be available for each taught session but students will be expected to select additional, appropriate reading to supplement their learning at level 7.. 


Assessment Strategy

Identify a Public Health intervention that responds to the complex additional health need(s) of either an individual, family or community group. Explore and assess the empirical evidence-base for your selected intervention. Make recommendations based upon your critiqued evidence in relation to two of the following: • SCPHN practice, professional development and training, • Future research to address identified evidence gaps • Service Provision You will need to provide a clear rationale for your chosen health need and intervention drawing upon your knowledge and analysis of Epidemiology to demonstrate the significance for Public Health Practice. The assessment for this module is in two parts and covers learning outcomes 1-5. The pass mark for this assignment is 50%. You are required to pass both parts of the assignment. Successful completion of this module contributes 30 credits towards the 140 credit Specialist Community Public Health Practice Programme


MethodPercentage contribution
Paper or report 80%
Poster 20%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External

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