SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMB725019
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 undertake activities that will enhance their knowledge and understanding of public health policy. This will include an overview of the need for policy development in addressing public health issues and analysis and evaluation of the drivers and influencers of public health policy. Students will be encouraged to develop a critical awareness of contemporary public health policies and explore the evidence used to underpin these. The intention is for students to be able to critically evaluate current policy and formulate an evidence based action plan for addressing a public health issue.


The following topics form the key strands of this syllabus which will be explored in depth: -207 - The role of policy in public health - Policy drivers and the politico-legislative climate - Contemporary public health policy - The process of policy generation - Policy adoption - Action planning/formulation

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Justify the need for policy work in addressing public health issues2. Critically analyse and evaluate the influence of political, legislative and policy issues on public health 3. Critically evaluate contemporary public health policies 4. Critically evaluate the sources of evidence used to underpin policy5. Formulate on evidence based policy action plan for addressing public health issues

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. The main activities carried out by students are directed and independent study to develop knowledge and skills relating to the identified learning outcomes. The teaching and learning strategies employed include: lectures / video lectures, narrated presentations, seminars / online asynchronous group discussions and tutorials / online self-directed study to engage students in the key concepts which will then be developed through directed reading, guided activities, literature searching and student initiated reading. In relation to public health application, students are encouraged to reflect upon the need for policy work in public health and the drivers and sources of evidence used to generate public health policy. Students are encouraged to develop a critical understanding of contemporary public health policy. Students are expected to critically appraise and evaluate the value of relevant field specific literature in the policy context. Formative assessment opportunities and guided tasks will allow students to identify learning strategies to meet their personal learning needs.

Indicative Reading

AVEYARD., H., SHARP., P. WOOLIAMS., M. 2015. A beginner's guide to critical thinking and writing in health and social care. (2 nd edition). Maidenhead: Open University Press. BUSE., K., MAYS., N., WALT., G. 2005. Making Health Policy. Milton Keynes: Open University Press. CRINSON. I., 2009. Health policy: a critical perspective. London: Sage. GREENHALGH. T., 2010. How to Read a Paper: the basics of evidence based medicine. (4 th edition). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. HAM. C., 2009. Health policy in Britain. (6 th edition). London: Palgrave Macmillan. MOSSIALOS., A., et al., 2002. Funding health care: options for Europe. Buckingham: Open University Press.

Transferrable Skills

-283 Work in a self-directed manner, taking responsibility for own learning, personal development Develop study and IT skills to underpin effective learning Develop communication skills; written, oral and listening Demonstrate an ability to contribute to professional discussion 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 Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills in a range of situations

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials 12.00
Independent Learning 72.00
Assessment 30.00
Directed Learning 12.00
Lectures 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Presentation 0.50 50.00 45% Presentation
Report n/a 50.00 45% Report (1500 words)