SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHB725064
Module Leader Emma MacDonald
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

This theory based module is designed as an introduction to public health. Consequently, students will critically explore fundamental concepts associated with reducing health inequalities, promoting health and wellbeing while adopting population based health approaches. Students will critically explore the boundaries of contemporary Public Health Practice by examining ways in which public health theories and concepts can contribute to a partnership approach to providing primary care services within community health settings.


Principles of public health. Inequalities of health. Health promotion. Vulnerable groups. Evidence based practice. Legal, accountability and ethical principles. Partnership working.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:1. Critically analyse the social, political and professional issues, which influence the provision of public health focused community health care services.2. Critically explore the roles, responsibilities and accountability associated with public health practitioners.3. Critically analyse theoretical models of practice which underpin health promotion and discuss their application in the context of working with individuals, groups and communities.4. Critically explore public health strategies which contributes to the health, development and well -being of individuals and communities.5. Critically appraise the multi-factorial nature of safeguarding and vulnerable groups.6. Critically analyse strategies which promote equity within primary care services and respects diversity within client groups.7. Critically explore concepts of partnership working.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The teaching and learning strategy involves a range of student centred methods. These include modified lectures, seminars, and independent study. GCU learn will be utilised to provide direction and support for learning. Students will be required to undertake a written 500 word formative assessment as part of the teaching and learning strategy.

Indicative Reading

Supplementary ACHESON, D, ACHESON REPORT - Independent Inquiry into Inequalities in health 1988, London: HMSO BERK, L, 2013, DEVELOPMENT THROUGH THE LIFESPAN, (3 rd edn). London: Allyn and Bacon. COLES L., PORTER E, 2008, PUBLIC HEALTH SKILLS: A practical Guide for Nurses and Public Health Practitioners. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Ltd. CORMACK, D., 2015, THE RESEARCH PROCESS IN NURSING, (7 th edn), Wiley Blackwell, Chichester. DIMOND, B, 2015, LEGAL ASPECTS OF NURSING PRACTICE, Prentice Hall. ELLIS, P, 2013, EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE IN NURSING, Sage Publications London. EARLE S., LLOYD C., E., SIDELL, M., SPURR, S, 2007, THEORY AND RESEARCH IN PROMOTING PUBLIC HEALTH, Sage Publications, London. Fink, A., G., 2012, EVIDENCE BASED PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICE, Sage Publications London. GREEN J. AND TONES K, 2015, HEALTH PROMOTION; PLANNING AND STRATEGIES, (3 rd edition) London: Sage. HOBART, C, 2013 GOOD PRACTICE IN SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN (3 rd edn) Oxford University Press JONES, H., L, 2016, REFLECTIVE PRACTICE IN NURSING, (3 rd edn) Sage Publications, London LUCAS, K., LLOYD, B, 2005, HEALTH PROMOTION: EVIDENCE AND EXPERIENCE, London: Sage Scottish Government (2007) Better Health Better Care , Edinburgh SO. Scottish Government (2008) , Equally Well , Edinburgh SO Scottish Government (2008) Getting it Right for Every Child , Edinburgh SO. Scottish Government (2014), Children & Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, Edinburgh SO ROWE, J, MITCHELL, A, 2013, KEY CONCEPTS IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE, Sage Publications, London. TAYLOR G. & HAWLEY H, 2010, KEY DEBATES IN HEALTHCARE, Berkshire: Oxford University Press. WILSON F & MABHALA M, 2008, KEY CONCEPTS IN PUBLIC HEALTH, London: Sage. URL's <> <> <> <> <> <> -720 <> -720 .

Transferrable Skills

Transferable skills used and developed in this module include: Work in a self-directed manner, taking responsibility for own learning, personal development and practice competence. Develop communication and IT skills to underpin effective learning. Communicate effectively in both written and oral forms. Work effectively with others. Underpin professional development by integration of theory and practice.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 144.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 40% 3000 Essay