BSc Public Health (Distance/Blended Learning) / Course details

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Health Promotion Y1

Course unit fact file
Unit code POPH10031
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Available as a free choice unit? No


This unit will explore what we mean by health promotion including the history and theories that underpin health promotion policies and practice. We will explore the importance of health promotion in public health practice and learn how it improves population health and wellbeing.


The unit aims to: develop the students’ basic understanding of health promotion, including the history of health promotion and the theories that underpin health promotion.

Learning outcomes

Category of outcome Students will be able to:
Knowledge and understanding

A1 Understand how the history of health promotion is used to inform professional practice and decision making.

A2 Understand the strengths and limitations of traditional concepts of health promotion theory and methods, and how these relate to their own work or profession.

Intellectual skills B1 Identify and evaluate the evidence required for health promotion policy and practice
Practical skills

C1 Find existing sources of evidence relevant to clinical and non-clinical health questions.

C2 Be able to critically appraise common research designs and assess the published literature.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

D1 Reflect on health promotion principles and applications

D2 Develop communication skills to implement health promotion interventions



  • Introduction to Health Promotion
  • Health Promotion Theories and models
  • Introduction to Health Promotion Policy 
  • Introduction to Health Promotion Methods
  • Health Promotion across the lifecourse 
  • Health Promotion in a Variety of Settings 
  • Health Promotion and under-served groups 
  • Health promotion in LMICs 
  • The future of health promotion (UK and Global) 
  • The future of health promotion 

Teaching and learning methods

The majority of the course will be through elearning which will include required and additional learning, self-tests and discussion boards. There will be 5 webinars that will be recorded to allow synchronous and asynchronous learning.

Employability skills

Analytical skills
Oral communication
Written communication

Assessment methods

Formative assessment task Length Feedback method Weighting within unit
Discussion boards N/A Written feedback 0%
Online quizzes N/A Automatic feedback 0%
Summative assessment task Length Feedback method Weighting within unit
Recorded presentation of a health promotion topic 10 minutes Written feedback 100%


Feedback methods

  • Students will receive written feedback from tutors on the recorded presentation of a critical appraisal of a peer-reviewed publication     
  • Students will receive written feedback from peers via a discussion board task
  • Students will receive automated feedback when they complete the online quizzes

Recommended reading

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Seminars 10
Independent study hours
Independent study 190

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Helen Davidson Unit coordinator

Additional notes

For every 20 course unit credits we expect students to work for around 200 hours. This time generally includes any contact times (online, recorded and live), but also independent study, work for coursework, and group work. This amount is only a guidance and individual study time will vary.

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