SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMB725026
Module Leader David Whiteley
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge


Summary of Content

This module aims to encourage and enable students to undertake activities that will enhance their knowledge and understanding of evidence based public health. This will include an overview of sources and methods used to generate evidence for use within public health practice, and how this is synthesised and applied. Students will be encouraged to use tools and frameworks for critical appraisal of public health interventions and to critically analyse and evaluate monitoring and evaluation strategies used for public health initiatives. Examples from public health practice will be used to help students develop skills in anticipating any potential challenges in the translation of academic and research evidence to public health practice.


-349 Sources of evidence used in public health practice Approaches and methodologies used in the synthesis of evidence for use in public health Translation of evidence to public health practice Planning health promotion interventions Critical appraisal of public health evidence and interventions including relevant tools - Monitoring and evaluating public health initiatives

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Develop a critical understanding of how research evidence is generated to inform public health policy and practice 2. Critically evaluate approaches used to synthesise and apply evidence in the implementation of public health interventions 3. Critically evaluate tools that appraise public health interventions 4. Critically analyse and evaluate strategies aimed at monitoring and evaluating public health initiatives using relevant frameworks 5. Anticipate potential challenges in the translation of academic and research evidence to public health practice and formulate creative solutions.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module is delivered online via GCULearn 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. Online students will be provided with a variety of online teaching and learning approaches such as online lectures, discussion boards, synchronous and asynchronous discussion activities. Students will be given opportunities to engage in debate and tutorials online via GCU Learn; interacting with not only other online students but also the face to face module cohort. In relation to public health application, students are encouraged to reflect upon the sources of evidence used to underpin public health and how this evidence is generated, synthesised and applied. Additionally, students are encouraged to apply key public health tools and principles (for example, health promotion models, monitoring and evaluation) to identify public health related issues in specific populations and inform potential interventions. Students are expected to critically appraise the value of relevant field specific literature. 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. BOWLING. A., 2014. Research Methods in Health: Investigating health and health services. (4 th edition). Maidenhead: Open University Press. DONALDSON. LJ., SCULLY. G. 2009. Donaldson's Essential Public Health. (3 rd edition). Oxford: Radcliffe Publishing. GILLAM. G., YATES. J., BADRINATH. P. 2012. Essential Public Health: Theory and practice. (2 nd edition). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. GREEN. J., et al. 2015. Health promotion: planning and strategies. (3 rd edition). Los Angeles: Sage. GREENHALGH. T., 2010. How to Read a Paper: the basics of evidence based medicine. (4 th edition). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. GUEST., C., et al. 2013. Oxford Handbook of Public Health Practice. (3 rd edition). Oxford: Oxford University Press. ORME. J., et al. 2007. Public Health for the 21st Century. (2nd edition). Berkshire: Open University Press.

Transferrable Skills

-360b7 Work in a self-directed manner, taking responsibility for own learning, personal development b7 Develop study and IT skills to underpin effective learning b7 Develop communication skills; written, oral and listening b7 Demonstrate an ability to contribute to professional discussion b7 Work effectively with others b7 Underpin professional development by integration of theory and practice b7 Develop enhanced awareness of connections between knowledge, skills and values in relation to self and others b7 Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills in a range of situations

Module Structure

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

Assessment Methods

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