module specification

SH6P01 - Practice Based Public Health and Health Promotion Project (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Practice Based Public Health and Health Promotion Project
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 60
School School of Social Professions
Total study hours 600
180 hours Placement / study abroad
324 hours Guided independent study
96 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 25%   Practice-Based Public Health Profile & strategy (2500 w)
Coursework 25%   Online contributions-performance
Project 50%   Practice-Based Project (6000 words)
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year North - Not applicable

Module summary

The Practice-Based Public Health and Health Promotion Project module enables students to design and conduct a small project in public health relevant to their specific area of practice or interest. Students will conduct their project by collecting and interpreting secondary data analysis, and designing a strategy for service improvement by using one particular research method, which can involve, a service evaluation, a health promotion campaign, a project management plan, an audit tool (questionnaire) or a feasibility study.  A key focus will be on the identification of the social determinants of health at the local area level and design a strategy to improve public health and reduce health inequalities within the service or area of practice and with a view to consolidating transferable skills for future employment in Public Health and Health Promotion. The syllabus is informed by the public health core and defined areas established in the Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework (2013)
The module will give you the opportunity to use the learning gained through the Project based Research and Evaluation and the Public Health and Health Promotion modules. Within the project guidelines you will be studying independently with support from your supervisor and members of the module team. In addition, students will be facilitated in analysing and debating Public Health issues from their practice, using student-centred learning approaches such as self-directed learning and online group discussion.

Module aims

  • To enable students to integrate and apply the skills and knowledge base underpinning their public health education in a sustained piece of independent academic work (practice-based project).                                                                 
  • To develop students capacity to identify contemporary public health issues and to propose strategies of service improvement as a result of independent learning from different sources and experiences.
  • To provide learning opportunities that support the public health role within the context of the social determinants of health i.e. to improve priority public health conditions and reduce health inequalities.  
  • To help students develop research and evaluative skills to support an evidence-based approach to their Public Health practice.


• Reflective practice
• Identifying local health needs
• Exploring practice contexts
• Exploring public health & health promotion strategies
• Proposing and planning a practice-based project
• Using public health methods
• Recognising ethical challenges
• Gathering, interpreting and managing information
• Working with feedback
• Approaches to stakeholder analysis
• Writing and re-writing
• Producing a complete practice-based project
• Stakeholder’s engagement pitch

Learning and teaching

The teaching and learning strategy of the module emphasises self-directed study and online distance learning. A variety of teaching and learning strategies will be employed with opportunities to:

  • Engage in guided text-based learning activity
  • Engage in online class discussion (discussion forum)
  • Reflect on practice, recognising, valuing and utilising practice as a learning resource
  • Listen to Podcasts
  • Experience Seminar presentations using Articulate (or other real-time virtual classroom software)
  • Access support and guidance from a supervisor;
  • Engage in Chatroom activity
  • Work independently in developing their practice-based project

Students will prepare for online sessions and discussions by completing the self-directed learning activities and by participating and contributing to online discussions (enquiry and problem based learning) designed to facilitate understanding of theory. They will reflect upon their personal development (reflective log) and practice with peers and lecturers, working in online groups to consider strategies for service improvement. They will be supported in the enhancement of self-awareness and personal/professional growth through the use of strategies that include reflective practice and critical thinking.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module students will be able to:

1. Identify and define an appropriate public health topic for study within the area of practice.
2. Select appropriate methods of study and approaches to analysis, justifying the research methodology. 
3. Critically evaluate the application of evidence and theories to justify a proposal for service improvement in an area of practice.
4. Produce a fluent and accurately written project for a specific practice context, demonstrating critical-thinking and awareness of current public health issues in relation to the proposed service improvement.                 
5. Critically debate public health issues, practice and policy through engagement in online learning activities, and becoming an active member of the online community.

Assessment strategy

The purpose of the formative and summative assessments is to give students an opportunity to develop and demonstrate their knowledge and skills as well as their critical and reflective analysis. The assessments will also provide students with the opportunity to develop transferable skills that will prove valuable to them in their future career.
Students’ achievement of the learning outcomes will include a range of formative and summative exercises and tasks including:

● A Practice-Based Public Health Profile and Strategy (2500 words) 25%  (LO1, 3) (summative assessment)
● Project outline draft to supervisor (formative assessment)
● Online group activities – contributions to forum discussion (performance)  25%  (LO5 ) (summative assessment)
● Chapter/section drafts to supervisor (formative assessment)
● Completion of a learning log (formative assessment)
● Practice-based project (6000 words) based on a public health issue within the student’s area of practice or interest 50% (LO1,2,3,4) (summative assessment)


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