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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. 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 improvement and to enable you to select appropriate interventions that improve health and reduce inequalities, 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 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
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.

Syllabus

• 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 • 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, conflict resolution, teamwork, 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

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. Formative feedback will be provided throughout the module's group work and workshops.

TypeHours
Independent Study210
Teaching40
Total study time250

Resources & Reading list

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

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

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

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

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

The assessment will be an individual report focussing on a health improvement intervention for a defined population. There will be three parts to the report i) a Rapid Health Needs Assessment, submitted as a presentation or other format, suitable for a hypothetical colleague to deliver to a target audience, ii) individual report to develop a health improvement intervention and iii) individual written reflection. The pass mark for the module is 50%. If you have failed the module, you will have the opportunity to submit work at the next referral (re-sit) opportunity. On passing your referrals, your final module mark will be capped at 50%.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Individual written report  (3000 words) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Individual written report  (3000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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