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The University of Southampton

MEDI6072 Enabling Change for Health Improvement

Module Overview

This module combines the theory and practice of health improvement. Students are encouraged to be active participants in their learning and 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 will illustrate the multi-disciplinary breadth and diversity of health improvement science and practice. Themes covered are: health improvement theory; social marketing, health behaviour change; social and mass media; community engagement; collaborative working; health promoting settings; innovation in complex healthcare systems, advocacy, and prioritisation in health improvement. The assignment develops competencies in needs assessment, evaluating evidence, and critical appraisal of health improvement interventions.

Aims and Objectives

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 health improvement interventions, the implications for change across the health and care system, recognising 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.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Interrogate the evidence for public health improvement to critically appraise interventions 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.
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


• Concepts, principles, theories, models and ethical values of health improvement. • The determinants of health distribution of health within communities and health inequalities. • Social marketing principles and techniques, behavioural insights. • Health needs and assets assessment, stakeholder analysis. • Behavioural change theory and practice, individual to population level approaches, 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, including concepts of empowerment, participation, community assets, salutogenesis. • Methods of collaborative working, stakeholder engagement, partnerships. • Health promoting environments and settings, change in complex organisations, enabling change across the health and care system, diffusion of innovations. • Advocacy for health, roles of private, community and public sectors, power and politics of health, legislation and fiscal approaches.

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. Formative feedback will be provided throughout the module's group work and workshops. Seminars may be given through MS Teams. Lecture materials delivered online - some maybe precorded

Independent Study160
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

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

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

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. 


Assessment Strategy

The assessment will consist of two parts focussing on a health improvement intervention for a defined population that includes a i) part 1: Rapid Health Needs Assessment, and ii) Part 2: Review of the evidence of a health improvement practice. The pass mark for each component and the module is 50%. Both components must be passed to pass the module. If you have failed the module, you will have the opportunity to submit work at the next referral (re-sit) opportunity. On passing your referral(s), your final module mark will be capped at 50%.


Group work activities


MethodPercentage contribution
Evaluation  (1500 words) 50%
Individual written report  (1500 words) 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Evaluation  (1500 words) 50%
Individual written report  (1500 words) 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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