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Subject Area
HLTH - 0910 Health
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
06 - Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Margaret McLoone
Programme Membership
SG_SHEAL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Physiology SG_SHUMA_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Human Nutrition SG_SHEAL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Physiology SG_SHEAL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Physiology SG_SHEAL_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Health Science and Physical Activity SG_SHEAL_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Health and Exercise Science SG_SHUMA_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition SG_SHUMA_H08 202200 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Human Nutrition SG_SHUMA_B07 202200 Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition SG_SHUMA_H08 202400 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Human Nutrition

The module will enable learners to explore, research and present factors that determine one's health.  Learners will be equipped with core skills and competencies to be able to assess and identify key determinants of one's health.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Examine theoretical principles for defining the boundaries of health.


Outline and describe core determinants that influence one's health both positively and negatively.


Describe and categorise in detail various biological, lifestyle and social factors that determine one's health.


Source, select and present relevant health related data to illustrate determinants of health.


Communicate and present specific health information in module area.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Students will learn the basic concept regarding health determinants


Module Assessment Strategies

Students will be assessed by mean of practical facilitation of a workshop on an assigned health determinant

Repeat Assessments

Assessment based EBL project

Indicative Syllabus

Exploring Concepts of Health / Defining Health

Overview of Determinants of Health

Focus on Biological Determinants of Health

Focus on Lifestyle Choices & Behaviours  - Health Protective Behaviours

Focus on Lifestyle Choices & Behaviours - Health Risk Behaviours

Introduction to Social Determinants of Health

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Peer & Self Reflection Formative Assessment - % OnGoing 4,5
2 Development and Facilitation of a Health based Interactive Workshop Practical Assessment 30 % OnGoing 1,2,4,5
3 Health Behaviour Factsheets Project Assignment 10 % OnGoing 2,3,4

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % End of Term 1,2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Tiered Classroom Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Self Study 3 Weekly 3.00
Group Learning Flat Classroom Facilitated Learning Sessions/Workshops 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2016-04-14 Foundations for Health Promotion Elsevier
ISBN 0702054429 ISBN-13 9780702054426

Revision of: Health promotion / Jennie Naidoo, Jane Wills. 2000. 2nd ed.

Required Reading
1999 Social Determinants of Health Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN 0192630695 ISBN-13 9780192630698

Social Determinants of Health provides an authoritative overview of the social and economic factors which are now known to be the most powerful determinants of population health in modern societies. Written by acknowledged experts in each field, it proves accessible summaries of the scientificjustification for isolating different aspects of social and economic life as the primary determinants of a population's health. Recognition of the power of socioeconomic factors as determinants of health came initially from research on health inequalities. This has led to a view of health as not simply about individual behaviour or exposure to risk, but how the socially and economically structured way of life of apopulation shapes its health. Thus exercise and accidents are as much about a society's transport system as about individual decisions; and the nation's diet involves agriculture, food manufacture, retailing, and personal incomes as much as individual choice. But a major new element in the picturewe have developed is the importance of the social, or psycho-social, environment to health. For example, health in the workplace for most employees -- certainly office workers -- is less a matter of exposure to physical health hazards as of the social environment, of how supportive it is, whetherpeople have control over their work, whether their jobs are secure. A similar picture emerges in other areas ranging from the health importance of the emotional environment in early childhood to the need for more socially cohesive communities. In 1998 the European Office of the World Health Organization launched a campaign to encourage the public and policy makers to take action on the social determinants of health. Members of the International Centre for Health and Society, who advised the WHO Centre for Urban Health and produced the text for the campaign booklet, have now produced Social Determinants of Health to provide the scientific evidence behind the recommendations covering ten key areas of publicpolicy. Social Determinants of Health should be read by all those interested in the well being of modern societies. It is a must for public health professionals, for health promotion specialists, and for people working in the many fields of public policy which we now know make such an important contributionto health.

Required Reading
2015-09-10 The Health Gap Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN 9781408857984 ISBN-13 1408857987

There are dramatic differences in health between countries and within countries. But this is not a simple matter of rich and poor. A poor man in Glasgow is rich compared to the average Indian, but the Glaswegian's life expectancy is 8 years shorter. The Indian is dying of infectious disease linked to his poverty; the Glaswegian of violent death, suicide, heart disease linked to a rich country's version of disadvantage. In all countries, people at relative social disadvantage suffer health disadvantage, dramatically so. Within countries, the higher the social status of individuals the better is their health. These health inequalities defy usual explanations. Conventional approaches to improving health have emphasised access to technical solutions improved medical care, sanitation, and control of disease vectors; or behaviours smoking, drinking obesity, linked to diabetes, heart disease and cancer. These approaches only go so far. Creating the conditions for people to lead flourishing lives, and thus empowering individuals and communities, is key to reduction of health inequalities. In addition to the scale of material success, your position in the social hierarchy also directly affects your health, the higher you are on the social scale, the longer you will live and the better your health will be. As people change rank, so their health risk changes. What makes these health inequalities unjust is that evidence from round the world shows we know what to do to make them smaller. This new evidence is compelling. It has the potential to change radically the way we think about health, and indeed society.

Required Reading
2017-08-31 The Social Determinants of Health John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9781509504350 ISBN-13 1509504354

This timely book takes seriously the idea of understanding how our social world and not individual responsibility or the healthcare system is the primary determinant of our health. Kathryn Strother Ratcliff puts into practice the "upstream" imagery from public health discourse, which locates the causes (and solutions) of health problems within the social environment. Each chapter explains how the policies, politics, and power behind corporate and governmental decisions and actions produce unhealthy circumstances of living such as poverty, pollution, dangerous working conditions, and unhealthy modes of food production and demonstrates that putting profit and politics over people is unhealthy and unsustainable. While the book examines how these unhealthy conditions of life generate significant class and ethnic health disparities, the focus is on everyone's health. Arguing that none of us should be placed in health-threatening situations that could have been prevented, Ratcliff's provocative analysis uses social justice and human rights lenses to guide the discussion "upstream," toward possible changes that should produce a healthier world for us all. Using data and ideas from many disciplines, the book provides a synthesis of invaluable information for activists and policymakers, as well as for professionals and students in sociology, public health, and other fields related to health.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources


Relevant Department of Health publications, policies and strategies Ireland



Journal Resources

Health Promotion Practice

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Other Resources

Journals / Policies

Various WHO / National Policies where applicable

International Journal of Health Promotion

Health Promotion Practice

Health Education Research Journal

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