Module Catalogue

HSC8042 : Public Health Intervention

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Suzanne Spence
  • Lecturer: Dr Sheena Ramsay, Dr Heather Brown, Dr Suzanne Moffatt, Dr Katherine Jackson, Dr Bronia Arnott, Professor Vera Araujo Soares, Dr Hayley Alderson, Dr Amy O'Donnell, Dr Ellen Lynch
  • Owning School: FMS Graduate School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

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 and highlights the importance of focusing upon how patients and public perceive public health risk and interventions which seek to reduce it.

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 diet and nutrition, obesity, physical
activity, tobacco control and smoking, alcohol consumption and physical activity.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion410:0040:00Preparation and completion of case study report
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture53:0015:00Taught material
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading145:0045:00Reading around topic
Total100:00
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.

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 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

Reading Lists

Timetable