HLTH09016 2021 Principles of Public Health Practice

General Details

Full Title
Principles of Public Health Practice
Transcript Title
Public Health Practice
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Subject Area
HLTH - Health Studies
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
09 - NFQ Level 9
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2021 - Full Academic Year 2021-22
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Margaret McLoone, Laura Keaver, Maire McCallion
Programme Membership
SG_SPUBL_E09 202100 Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health

This module introduces public health and the domains of health protection, health improvement and health and social care quality supported by robust health intelligence. Central to the module is the determinants of health, health equity, community engagement and ethical health promotion practice. The development of critical analysis of current public health practice is combined with practical skills of health impact assessment, policy analysis, advocacy and community engagement. The focus includes becoming an ethical and reflective practitioner developing professional competencies in communicating, leadership and governance. Learners will also be able to understand the role of public health practitioners and apply their learning to practical examples.

Learning Outcomes

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


Critically appraise public health actions across the domains of health protection, health improvement and health and social care service quality


Conduct a health impact assessment of a policy or programme focusing on reducing health inequalities and addressing the determinants of health.


Plan strategies to promote, maintain or protect health informed by evidence and stakeholder preference.


Develop and action a public health professional development plan in consultation with other learners.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Online delivery is proposed with students exposed to a blend of learning activities including synchronous and asynchronous delivery. A range of teaching and learning strategies will be employed as appropriate to module content.

'Live Lectures' which will be used to introduce students to key concepts and to give relevant examples and bring meaning to the various public Health concepts and principles.  

A blended-learning, approach will also be used where students will be asked to review online materials previous to the scheduled Live Lecture and a discussion around the task will be built into the lecture time. Group discussions will also be accommodated using breakout rooms. These will be facilitated by the lecturer but used to carry out small tasks associated with the lecture topics. These tasks could include activities such as mind mapping and integration of prior knowledge with the module content.

Students will be encouraged to source peer reviewed studies which will consolidate their learning. Students will be given responsibility to lead breakout sessions on journal articles which may of interest to the class.


Module Assessment Strategies

Types of assessment:

The assessments will include the following;

A written report  on current issues in public Health

A group project on a Health Impact Assessment 

An individual report (which may be written or video format) on the learners professional development plan. 

Repeat Assessments

The repeat assessment strategy will be dependent on overall grades and will be decided and documented at the Progression and Award Boards.


Indicative Syllabus

Introduction to public health models, population health, Essential Public Health Operations (EPHO), core competencies for public health, sustainable development goals, population health monitoring, determinants of health,Socio-ecological model for health and ‘upstream & downstream’ responses. .

Health Protection including disease surveillance, emergency planning, climate change.

Vaccinations and Screening

Health Promotion and Improvement

Models & approaches, intervention strategies, competencies, Health equity, Partnerships for Health, Socio-ecological model for health behaviour change

Health and Social Care Service Quality and Improvement.

Needs assessment, planning, evidence-based practice. Organisation and governance.

Healthy Public Policy/ Policy Analysis/ Policy development/ Systems thinking

Health Impact Assessment

Advocacy for Policy Change

Community engagement/ PPI/ Co-production

Professional and ethical practice. Professional development planning.

Emerging topical issues in public health.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Analysis of Public Health Coursework Assessment Written Report/Essay 30 % Week 9 1
2 Health Impact Assessment Coursework Assessment Group Project 40 % End of Term 2,3
3 Professional Development Plan Coursework Assessment Individual Project 30 % Week 12 4

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Online Lecture Online Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Directed Learning Not Specified Post delivery support 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2020-04-23 Oxford Handbook of Public Health Practice 4e Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN 9780198800125 ISBN-13 0198800126

This is the quick, go-to-reference book for public health trainees and practitioners. It distils information from the core disciplines of public health into one concise volume. It is also packed with practical tips on professional competencies and skills development, as well as new emerging topics.

Recommended Reading
2021-04-12 Public Health Explored
ISBN 1913453936 ISBN-13 9781913453930
Recommended Reading
2020-08-13 Planetary Health
ISBN 9781610919661 ISBN-13 1610919661

Human health depends on the health of the planet. Earth's natural systems--the air, the water, the biodiversity, the climate--are our life support systems. Yet climate change, biodiversity loss, scarcity of land and freshwater, pollution and other threats are degrading these systems. The emerging field of planetary health aims to understand how these changes threaten our health and how to protect ourselves and the rest of the biosphere. Interdisciplinary in nature, Planetary Health explores how accelerating environmental change affects each dimension of human health. It then turns to the rich terrain of solutions, reimagining our cities, our food systems, our energy sector, the chemicals we use, even our economics and our ethics. The result is a comprehensive and optimistic introduction to a field that is being adopted by researchers and universities around the world.

Recommended Reading
2016-01-07 The New Public Health Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN 0195588088 ISBN-13 9780195588088

The fourth edition of Fran Baum_Ts The New Public Health is the most authoritative resource available on the new public health. It offers readers the opportunity to gain a sense of the scope of the new public health visions, and combines theoretical and practical material to help readers understand the social and economic determinants of health. Based on the premise of previous editions _" that the new public health promotes equity in order to improve health across the globe _" this new edition has been fully revised to reflect recent developments in the theory, practice and direction of the new public health. This book is written for students of public health, health professionals working in public health, preventative medicine and primary health care settings, health and environment planners and those interested in creating communities that maximise health for people and the environment. Integrating knowledge and methodologies from the social sciences, environmental sciences and humanities, The New Public Health presents a comprehensive package of ideas and directions for public health focused on achieving a fairer, more sustainable and equitable world.New to this editionAll chapters have been substantially revised and all data and figures have been updatedNew chapter on Public Health AdvocacyMore content on food security; globalisation and climate change, and sustainability; violence in Australia; emergencies and disasters New practical examples demonstrate application of public health principles, highlighted in boxed features throughoutCritical reflection questions at the end of each chapter

Recommended Reading
2011-01 Developing Practice for Public Health and Health Promotion Bailliere Tindall Limited
ISBN 0702044547 ISBN-13 9780702044540

This package provides you with the book plus the eBook - giving you the printed book and also giving access to the complete book content electronically. Evolve eBooks allows you to quickly search the entire book, make notes, add highlights, and study more efficiently. Buying other Evolve eBooks titles makes your learning experience even better: all of the eBooks will work together on your electronic 'bookshelf', so that you can search across your entire library of Nursing eBooks. Developing Practice for Public Health and Health Promotion is the second title in the 'Public Health and Health Promotion Practice' series, expanding on the best-selling introductory textbook, Foundations for Health Promotion. Developing Practice is an essential text for the many different practitioners, professionals and specialists who contribute to public health and health promotion, enabling them to develop their knowledge, skills and confidence. Case studies, activities and discussion points encourage interaction and reflection, and stimulate learning Unique, user-friendly approach makes learning easy Examines the forces that drive practice Focuses on the core strategies of: Tackling health inequalities User and public participation and involvement Working in partnerships Empowerment. Identifies current public health priorities and how to address these in practice. Fully updated to reflect the many changes in health promotion theory, practice and policy New chapter on empowerment as a key health promotion strategy

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources
Journal Resources

Public Health. An Official Journal of the Royal Society of Public Health. https://www.journals.elsevier.com/public-health 

Public Health in Practice. An Official Journal of the Royal Society of Public Health. https://www.journals.elsevier.com/public-health-in-practice 

BMC Public Health. Springer. https://link.springer.com/journal/12889/volumes-and-issues 

URL Resources

Department of Health - Healthy Ireland - https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/healthy-ireland/ 

The Institute of Public Health - https://publichealth.ie/ 

The Health Information and Quality Authority- https://www.hiqa.ie/

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre - https://www.hpsc.ie/

The United Nations Sustainable Development- Goals https://sdgs.un.org/goals 

The Organisation for Economic and Co-operation and  Development- https://www.oecd.org/health/



Other Resources

The Marmot Review 10 years on- https://www.health.org.uk/videos/watch-the-marmot-review-10-years-on

WHO(2012) Review of Public Health Capacities in the European Region. Denmark; WHO Regional Office. https://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/Health-systems/public-health-services/publications/2012/review-of-public-health-capacities-and-services-in-the-european-region 



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