Module Catalogue

HSC8042 : Public Health Intervention

  • Offered for Year: 2017/18
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Ruth McGovern
  • Lecturer: Dr Nicola O'Brien, Dr Sheena Ramsay, Dr Suzanne Moffatt, Dr Bronia Arnott, Dr Frauke Becker, Dr Amy O'Donnell
  • Owning School: FMS Graduate School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module introduces the theory, concepts and practical issues relating to the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health interventions. It begins by explaining the underlying ideas and theories of public health interventions. It then provides practical examples of the implementation of theory in relation to topics such as healthy eating, tobacco and alcohol control, and tackling health inequalities. Finally, the evidence base for public health intervention and its evaluation and management are covered.

Outline Of Syllabus

The course covers: Health promotion intervention theory, models and methods, as well as theory and methods for evaluation of interventions, needs assessment, strategy development and management. 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, injury prevention and primary care.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching92:0018:00Seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study172:0072:00N/A
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
Essay2M1002000 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.       critically appraise the literature identified
4.       synthesise the evidence in a report, making recommendations for further research and evidence-based practice

Reading Lists