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MEDI6069 Development and Implementation of Public Health Policies and Strategies

Module Overview

This module develops your understanding of the wider social and political context within which the formation of public health policies and programmes operate both domestically and internationally. The module will enable you to develop and demonstrate competence for effective practice in the community in your own area of work

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• Provide you with the knowledge to understand how policies to improve or protect health and well-being, and implementation strategies to put the policies into effect are developed. • Enable you to develop an integrated understanding of the links between the underlying principles and practice in public health using the lifecycle approach. • Enable you to critically evaluate approaches to planning public health policies and programmes aimed at solving public health problems. • Provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to elicit, plan, implement and evaluate effective solutions to public health problems in the community. • Enable you to develop a multi-sector approach to effective public health programme planning, and development. • Develop your knowledge and the skills needed to manage projects and programmes to improve public health.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Discuss the terminology and how policies and strategies affect public health.
  • Articulate the major public health policies relevant to own area of work and the organisations responsible for them.
  • Analyze the complexity of the policy context and how policy is made and public issues identified.
  • Provide a systematic rationale for an evidence-based approach to the identification and solution of public health problems at the local, national, regional and international level.
  • Apply the theories and models of programme/project management and their application
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Develop, plan and evaluate programmes/ projects related to public health.
  • Use relevant programme/project management tools including log frames and Gannt charts
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate contemporary theories in policy and programme development.
  • Critically assess and apply the appropriate steps in planning public health programmes/projects.
  • Contribute to the development of specific policies and programmes within public health
  • Provide information or feedback on how policies and programmes have helped or hindered people’s health and wellbeing
  • Critically examine the constraints to effective implementation of public health programmes in the community

Syllabus

• Current key health and wellbeing policies in own area of work at UK, EU and international levels. • Role of Agencies: International (UN), European and national, NGOs, charities etc. • Nature of (public health) organisation’s systems. • Policy and programme development • Programme/project planning and management. • Integrated public health programmes at different critical stages in life cycle—pregnancy, lactation, infancy, early childhood, school-age, adults and elderly. • Policy and programme evaluation

Special Features

Students will have the opportunity to attend Health Council meetings at NHS Southampton City

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching and learning strategies will include: formal lectures, peer teaching, workshops, case studies and active participation learning. The emphasis will be on student centred learning in which you will be supported by a wide range of resources often delivered electronically. Staff, tutors and colleagues will support your professional learning

TypeHours
Teaching40
Independent Study210
Total study time250

Resources & Reading list

Learning Resources. Up to date resources covering domestic and international aspects, where appropriate, will be provided for individual sessions on Blackboard. Students are not expected to read all texts

WHO/FAO (2003). Diet, nutrition and the prevention of chronic diseases. WHO Technical Report Series 916. 

Pencheon D, Guest C, Melzer D, Gray M. (2006). Oxford Handbook of Public Health Practice. 

World Cancer Research Fund (2008). Food, nutrition, physical activity and the prevention of cancer. 

Coles L, Porter E (ds) (2011). Policy and strategy for improving health and wellbeing. 

Aceijas C. (2011). Assessing evidence to improve population health and wellbeing.. 

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

There will be three components to the assessment i) individual written brief on policy appraisal, ii) reciprocal peer pair teaching case study of a programme and iii) individual written plan for an intervention. The pass mark for the module and all components is 50%. The written plan for an intervention 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 brief on policy appraisal and reciprocal peer teaching. To do this, you must achieve a qualifying mark of 40% in these components. 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%.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Case study  (20 minutes) 30%
Individual written brief  (750 words) 10%
Individual written plan 60%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Policy Review  (1000 words) 10%
Review  (1500 words) 30%
Written plan  (1500 words) 60%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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