SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMB721071
Module Leader Antony Morgan
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)
  • A (September start)

Summary of Content

This 15 day placement will allow students to demonstrate reflection and reasoning in relation to a specific aspect of Public Health. Students will work alongside organisation staff to experience specific aspects of Public Health practice. Students will select a relevant organisation allowing them to explore, organise and administer an educational placement in an area/organisation of their choosing in terms of specialty and /or geographical location. The student will consider a person centred approach as well as the key strategic local, national and international imperatives. Students will take responsibility for their learning by setting personal and professional learning outcomes for their placement.


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Learning Outcomes

On Completion of this module, the student should be able to:1. Source and organise an appropriate Public Health Placement2. Negotiate a learning contract identifying personal and professional learning outcomes3. Communicate effectively with a variety of staff, key individuals and client groups.4. Apply Public Health theory to practice in a defined area.5. Critically analyse the influence of political, legislative and policy issues on practice6. Reflect critically on the learning experience 7. Demonstrate an awareness of equality and diversity8. Demonstrate effective reflection and reasoning skills9. Adopt a proactive approach to Public Health practice10. Construct SMART personal and professional learning objectives11. Demonstrate an ability to contribute to professional discussion12. Critically evaluate the outcomes of Public Health practice

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The key strategies adopted are those of experiential and shared learning. The student, working with organisation staff will formulate, analyse and discuss management strategies for their chosen area of practice/client group. The student will take responsibility for their own learning needs by setting personal and professional learning outcomes. The student will take responsibility for the independent organisation and administration for this placement, including the identification of resources, provision of appropriate information to the placement provider and the assessment and management of the risk associated with the placement.

Indicative Reading

Barr J, Dowding L. (2008) Leadership in Health Care . London: Sage Bartley M, (2004), Health Inequalities: an introduction to concepts, theories and methods , Policy Press. Fanthome C. (2004) Work Placements: A Survival Guide for Students (Palgrave Study Guides). Palgrave Macmillan. Green J, & Tones K. (2010) Health Promotion: Planning Strategies . 2 nd edition, London: Sage. Johns C. (2010) Becoming a Reflective Practitioner. 3 rd edition. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. Orme, J., Powell, J., Taylor, Grey, M. (2007) Public Health for the 21 st Century: New perspectives on policy, participation and practice (2 nd edition). Maidenhead: Open University. Wilson F., Mzwandile M., (2009) Key Concepts in Public Health : London: Sage. Wilkinson R., & Pickett K., (2009) The spirit level: why more equal societies almost always do better . Allen Lane, Penguin Books. World Health Organisation: <> Association of Public Health Observatories: <> Additional reading will be recommended in relation to the specific placement

Transferrable Skills

In undertaking this module the students will develop and consolidate skills in the following areas: communication, accessing information sources, C&IT utilisation of equipment, independent study, time management, reasoning and reflection skills, health and safety, Public Health policy, Government and public health issues, teamwork, professional confidence, decision making, coping with uncertainty and risk, logistical organisation of a placement, self confidence and political awareness.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 28.00
Tutorials (FT) 2.00
Assessment (FT) 30.00
Seminars (FT) 90.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Placement 01 n/a 20.00 45% Organising a placement which meets the programmes requirements including appropriate supervisor and completion of all paperwork
Coursework 1 n/a 80.00 45% 2000 words critical, reflective report including an action plan & recommendations AND Report from supervisor