SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1B726080
Module Leader Martin Murchie
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

This module will enable students to develop knowledge and understanding about the concept of health and wellbeing. The module will also introduce students from all fields of nursing to health from the perspective of the individual, their community and populations. It will allow students to examine the concept of health, the determinants of health and inequalities in health in order to maximise individual's quality of life and in turn improve health outcomes. This will include the anticipated stages of development throughout an individual's life course and explore strategies to promote healthy lifestyles across the lifespan. There will also be exploration of communication skills strategies and therapeutic interventions.


Dimensions of Health (WHO) Healthy development from birth to adulthood and older age Determinants of health Health policies, theories, frameworks & approaches Health Improvement Equality and Diversity Global patterns of health & wellbeing outcomes Epidemiology - Demography & Genomics Principles of Pathogenesis, Immunology, Immunisation Communicable disease surveillance, antimicrobial stewardship Screening Programmes Health Inequalities Strength/asset based approaches Long Term Conditions & Disability - Limitations caused by reduced capability, ill-health Trauma informed awareness, Adverse childhood experience (ACES), Child/Adult Protection Communication, cultural awareness/emotional intelligence Behaviour change, motivational interviewing Health Models Health literacy Technology NMC Proficiencies 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 2.10, 2.11, 2.12

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:-1. Discuss aims and principles of health promotion, protection and improvement in promoting and maintaining wellbeing.2. Identify the wider determinants of health, illness and wellbeing and the factors that may lead to health inequalities.3. Discuss the implications for individuals, families, communities and populations and the possible impact on their health.4. Explore the importance of early intervention in promoting wellbeing and maximising health.5. Understand the role of an evidence base in supporting individuals to manage their health challenges in order to maximise their quality of life. 6. Discuss the role of the nurse in delivering strategies to enable people to use their strengths to make informed health and lifestyle choices.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Students will be required to access and engage with weekly online learning materials prior to attending tutorials. These materials will include narrative accounts, government policies and strategies, guidance on best practice from the perspective of service users, their families and carers, and guidance from professional bodies. Strategies used will include a mixture of blended learning approaches to facilitate flexibility for students. Teaching methods will include seminars, tutorials, group work, workshops, reflective exercises, guided reading and online learning. Learning and teaching strategies will enhance student engagement, accessibility, flexibility and personalisation of the curriculum through the use of technology/digital learning where appropriate. Lecturers, service partners, users, carers and students will contribute to the authenticity of the teaching and learning experience

Indicative Reading

AUDIT SCOTLAND, 2012. Health Inequalities in Scotland (PDF) (Viewed 20/01/14. Available from: < health_inequalities.pdf> -341 BAGGOT, J., 2015. Understanding Health Policy 2 nd ed . Macmillan, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. BARRY, A.M. & YUILL, C., 2016. Understanding the Sociology of Health 4 th ed. London: SAGE. COURTENAY, M., CASTRO-SANCHEZ, E. DU TOIT, B. ET AL. 2020. Antimicrobial Stewardship for Nursing Practice. London: CABI. CREGAN, K., CUTHBERT, D., 2014. Global Childhoods , Sage, London. EVANS, E; COUTSAFTIKI, D. & FATHERS, C.P., 2017. Health Promotion and Public Health for Nursing Students. 3rd edition. Learning Matters. Exeter. GREEN, J., CROSS, R., WOODALL, J., TONES, K., 2019. Health Promotion Planning and Strategy, 4 th edn), Sage, London. HANLON, P., CARLISLE, S., 2012. 'Afternow - what's next for a healthy Scotland' , Argyll Publishing, Argyll, Scotland. HUFF, R.M., KLINE, M.V, & PETERSON, D.V., 2015. Health Promotion in Multicultural Populations , 3 rd Edition, London: SAGE Publications Ltd. LARKIN, M., 2013. Health and Well-Being Across the Life Course , London: SAGE Publications Ltd. NAIDOO, J., WILLS, J., 2016. Foundations for Health Promotion. 4 th ed . London: Elsevier. ROSENGREN, D.B., 2017. Building Motivational Interviewing Skills: A Practitioner Workbook 2 nd ed. New York: Guilford Press, New York -22 SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT., 2018. Getting it right for every child [online]. Scottish Government. [viewed 3 rd December 2019]. Available from: <> -22 SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT, 2017. Mental Health Strategy [online]. Scottish Government. [viewed 3 rd December 2019]. Available from: <> -22 SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT, 2013. The keys to life- Improving Quality of Life for People with Learning Disabilities , [online]. Scottish Government. [viewed 3 rd December 2019]. Available from: -22 SCOTTISH PUBLIC HEALTH NETWORK, 2016. 'Polishing the Diamonds' Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences in Scotland, [online]. Scottish Government. [viewed 3 rd December 2019]. Available from: <> WILLS, J., 2014. Fundamentals of Health Promotion for Nurses 2 nd ed. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell. -22 Useful websites: GLASGOW CENTRE FOR POPULATION HEALTH available from <> HEALTHCARE IMPROVEMENT SCOTLAND available from: <> NHS HEALTH SCOTLAND available from: <> -22 WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION available from: <>

Transferrable Skills

Communication (written and oral) and team working Critical thinking and decision making skills Independent learning skills Study, IT and time management skills Literature searching and academic writing skills

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 4.00
Tutorials (FT) 36.00
Seminars (FT) 36.00
Independent Learning (FT) 104.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 40% Health Education Resource.