Module Catalogue 2022/23

HSC8042 : Public Health Intervention

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Ruth McGovern
  • Lecturer: Dr Mei Yee Tang, Prof. Suzanne Moffatt, Dr Bronia Arnott, Dr Suzanne Spence, Dr Amy O'Donnell, Dr Heather Brown, Professor Sheena Ramsay
  • Owning School: FMS Graduate School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
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Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



This module aims to introduce students to the theory, concepts and practical issues relating to the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health interventions. The role of theories of behavior and of behavior change to inform public health intervention development and evaluation will be examined, supported by practical examples of the application of theory in relation to a wide range of public health issues. The module will consider a range of approaches to evaluating public health interventions.

Outline Of Syllabus

The course covers:
•       Health promotion and disease prevention
•       Public health intervention theory, models and methods
•       Health psychology approaches to health behaviour change
•       Public health intervention implementation within the NHS and other sectors
•       Methods for evaluation of interventions
•       Patient and public responses to public health risk and public health interventions
•       Patient and public involvement in developing, evaluating and implementing public health interventions
•       A range of topics are covered as examples in sessions, including COVID-19, diet and nutrition, obesity, physical
activity, tobacco control and smoking, alcohol consumption and physical activity.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

By the end of the module the student will be able to:
• Define public health intervention and describe the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health intervention
•Discuss the theories, models and principles of public health intervention and how they might ‘work’
•Understand the necessity for evaluation of public health interventions and describe the methods used to evaluate the acceptability, equity, efficacy, effectiveness and efficiency of public health interventions

Intended Skill Outcomes

By the end of the module and associated self-directed learning, students will be able to:
•Analyse public health interventions to identify their main functional components and underpinning theories.
•Apply appropriate theory in the development of novel health promotion interventions
•Critically appraise published research reporting effectiveness of public health interventions
•Design studies to support the development and evaluation of health promotion interventions

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion401:0040:00Preparation and completion of assignment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture53:0015:00Present in person: Taught material
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading145:0045:00Reading around topic
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The nature of the subject, key learning outcomes and class size are best suited to a participatory approach to learning, with ample time for discussion and problem-solving small group work.

Extensive self-directed learning, in particular through guided reading and web-based research, will complement classroom teaching.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M1002000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written assignment aims to assess some of the key knowledge and skill-based learning outcomes and aims to test the student’s ability to :

1. ? ? ? Critically analyse a specific health promotion/disease prevention intervention, identifying the underlying rationale and relevant theory
2. ? ? ? Identify relevant research literature relating to a specific health promotion intervention
3. Design an evaluation for a public health intervention


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2022/23 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2023/24 entry will be published here in early-April 2023. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.