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HSC8042 : Public Health Intervention

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Ryc Aquino
  • Lecturer: Dr Shelina Visram, Professor Amy O'Donnell, Professor Sheena Ramsay
  • Owning School: Population Health Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


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, mental health, tobacco control and smoking, alcohol consumption and physical activity

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture53:0015:00Present in person: Taught material
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion401:0040:00Preparation and completion of assignment
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.

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

Reading Lists