SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 30.00
ECTS Credit Points 15.00
Module Code MMB723301
Module Leader Agi McFarland
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module aims to encourage and enable students to enhance their knowledge and understanding on how community development approaches aim to support communities to address health inequalities. In addition it will provide students with the skills to be able to critically analyse and evaluate the relationship between public health theory and its application to social action.


Social determinants of health Principles and practice of community development Communication and participation Developing capacity, capability and sustainability within communities Partnership working Monitoring and evaluating initiatives

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to: - Critically analyse and evaluate the impact of social determinants of health on health and wellbeing - Provide a critical discussion which demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the principles and practice of community development. - Critically analyse and evaluate the relationship between communication and participation in relation to public health service provision - Critically analyse and evaluate ways in which community capacity and capability can be developed in the context of public health aims and objectives. - Synthesise knowledge from a range of sources to discuss partnership working. - Critically analyse and evaluate strategies aimed at monitoring and evaluating community-led public health initiatives. - Critically discuss and evaluate the application of theory to social action explaining the relevance to public health practice development. - Identify learning needs in relation to PLP (SCPHN Students: Standards of Proficiency for SCPHN and where relevant for nurse prescribing)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module is delivered online via GCU learn or classroom based. Students may elect to study the module EITHER online OR on campus, but may not transfer between both. Academic components will be delivered via lectures, seminars, tutorials, interactive discussions, directed and self directed study. This combination will depend on whether the module is being delivered on site at GCU face to face, blended at GCU or a venue other than GCU e.g. contractual international agreement or being delivered completely online. The fundamental aim of the teaching and learning strategies are to meet the educational needs of experienced professionals. Students will be encouraged to work in a self-directed manner, taking responsibility for their own learning, personal development and practice competence.

Indicative Reading

Barr J, Dowding L. (2008) Leadership in Health Care. London: Sage. Bartley M, (2004), Health Inequality: an introduction to concepts, theories and methods, Policy Press. Coles L., Porter E. (2008) Public Health Skills: A practical Guide for Nurses and Public Health Practitioners. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing. Davies M & Macdowall W. (2005) Health Promotion Theory. Berkshire: Oxford University Press. Dorling D. (2010) Injustice. Why Social Inequality persists. Policy Press. Graham H. (2007) Unequal Lives: Health and Socioeconomic Inequalities. Berkshire: Oxford University Press. Griffiths S, Gillam S, (2007), Public health and primary care: partners in population health, Berkshire : Oxford University Press. Green J, Smith J, (2006), Evaluation: Key concepts for public health practice. Berkshire: Open University Press, Green J. & Tones K. (2010) Health Promotion: Planning and Strategies. 2nd edition, London: Sage. Marmot, M., Wilkinson, R.G. (2005) Social Determinants of Health. 2nd revised edition. Berkshire: University Press. Orme, J., Taylor, P., Harrison, T., Grey, M. (2007) Public Health for the 21st Century. (2nd edition) Maidenhead: Open University Press. Robson, C. (2002) Real World Research: A Resource for Social Scientists and Practitioner - Researchers. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers Ltd. Scriven, A. (2005) Promoting Health: global perspectives. Hampshire: Palgrave. Smithies, J. Webster, G. Community Involvement in Health. Ashgate. Wilson F., Mzwandile M. (2009) Key Concepts in Public Health: London: Sage. Wilkinson R and Pickett K. (2009) The spirit level: why more equal societies almost always do better. Allen Lane, Penguin Books, Useful URLs: Association of Public Health Observatories: <> CHEX:<> Community Development Foundation: <> Department of Health: <> Glasgow Centre for Population Health: <> Health Scotland: <> National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence: <> Scottish Community Development Centre: <> Scottish Government: <> Scottish Public Health Observatory: <> UK Faculty of Public Health: <> World Health Organisation: <> World Health Organisation / Social Determinants of Health: <>

Transferrable Skills

It is anticipated that as students progress through this module, they will develop the following transferable skills: -142 - 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 - Develop enhanced awareness of connections between knowledge, skills and values in relation to self and others

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
SCPHN Independent Learning 80.00
Lectures (FT) 18.00
Directed Learning 50.00
Non-SCPHN Independent Learning 160.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00
SCPHN Practice 80.00
Assessment (FDL) 60.00
Directed Learning 50.00
Seminars (FDL) 12.00
Assessment (FT) 60.00
Lectures (FDL) 18.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Placement 1 n/a 0.00 45% Obligatory Placement for students only undertaking SCPHN pathway
Coursework 1 n/a 100.00 50% 6000 word essay