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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Health & Social Care Short Name: PUBLICHEALTH
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: COLLIETY P Dr (HSC)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Semester 1
Assessment Pattern
Practice assignment for SCPHN students
An observed structured practice assessment (OSPA). (Pass / Refer)

Written assignment for SCPHN students
Drawing on a profile of a population within your area of practice, which includes an analysis of collated information to identify health need, critically appraise the quality of evidence that was gathered in the profiling process.

Word count 2500 words (100%)

A pass must be attained in both assessments

Alternative assignment for NON SCPHN students:
Drawing on a given profile / health needs assessment of a population, critically evaluate the quality of evidence that was gathered in the profiling process and critically appraise the incorporation of the population’s perspective.

Word count 3000 words (100%)
Module Overview
Module Aims
This module will provide the practitioner with the necessary evidence based knowledge and skills to critically assess individual, family, community and population health needs in a public health context

The aims of this module are:
• To enable the student to critically appraise the health and well being of a defined population and raise awareness of health needs
• To gain and exercise higher levels of judgement, discretion and decision making in public health practice, programme management and service development
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this module the student should be able to:

Subject knowledge and understanding
• Critically appraise the processes of health surveillance and assessment of a populations health and well being
• Assess and critically evaluate the resources needed for the implementation of public health developments at local and national levels and make appropriate recommendations
• Analyse and evaluate concepts and theories related to individual, multi disciplinary and multi agency assessment
• Employ advocacy to promote client perspective in the assessment process
• Appraise quality of communication with individuals, groups and communities
• Collate, analyse and critically interpret data relating to health and well being of an identified population and make recommendations for service development
• Lead collaborative working with individuals, groups and communities to enhance health and well being
• Critically appraise bio-psychosocial aspects of group and community assessment
• Demonstrate critical awareness of legal and ethical issues

Cognitive skills
• Critically evaluate the evidence and research base of new approaches to client / patient and/or community assessment
• Analyse and evaluate contemporary issues in public health or social care using an appropriate evidence base
• Demonstrate critical thinking and reflective ability essential for effective assessment

Practical skills
• Demonstrate implementation of appropriate tools of public health assessment
• Appraise and apply appropriate and relevant evidence in the assessment, implementation and evaluation and audit of services in a range of settings
• Effectively utilise and evaluate, in public health practice, assessment skills related to the implementation of selected therapeutic interventions and preventative interventions
• Carry out safe and effective first-contact public health nursing assessments and demonstrate high level decision making about management of patient’s problems
• Demonstrate and evaluate safe application of appropriate tools and/or technological equipment.
• Facilitate and lead a community development approach in supporting and empowering service users and communities to be active participants in development
• Design and deliver health screening and health surveillance and initiate and lead strategies that promote and improve health and prevent disease in individuals, groups and communities and assess the health gain of interventions

Key / transferable skills
• Demonstrate skills related to information and communication technology in the retrieval and analysis of data
• Establish effective communication within a multi-professional health & social care team following the assessment process and decisions made in public health practice
• Utilise effective report writing and information management

Module Content
Analysis of principles, models and theories, single assessment process, information gathering, holistic needs assessment, risk assessment, community needs assessment.

Evidence base:
Appraisal and utilisation of legal and ethical frameworks, sources, research, research development, audit and risk management

Skills development:
Individual and family public health assessment, history taking, drawing conclusions, care implementation
Collaborative working for health and well being
Community development approach to working with communities to improve health and reduce inequalities
Leading service development
Leadership and Innovation

Skills of critical evaluation of outcome, impact and process, caseload evaluation, stakeholder impact of policies, effectiveness of assessment strategies
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Taught: 30 hours
Self-directed learning: 120 hours
Selected Texts/Journals

Bowling A. (1997) Measuring Health (2nd edn) Open University Press, Milton Keynes.

Cowley S. (2002) Public Health in Policy and Practice Baillière Tindall, London.


Donaldson L.J. & Donaldson R.J. (2000) Essential Public Health (2nd edn) Petroc Press, London.

Ewles L. & Simnet I. (1999) Promoting Health: A Practical guide. Harcourt Publishers, London.

Naidoo J. & Wills J (eds.) (2001) Health Studies: An Introduction Palgrave, Basingstoke.

Lowe R 2007 Facing the future: A review of the role of health visitors Department of Health London

Tones K., & Tilford S. (eds) (2001) Health Education: Effectiveness, Efficiency and Equity. Chapman Hall, London.


Appleton J, & Cowley S (eds) (2000) The search for health needs: research for health visiting practice Macmillan, Basingstoke.

Beckley L. & Hoekelman R. (1999) Bate’s Guide To Physical Examination and History Taking, (7th ed)) Lippincott, Philadelphia.

Boyle M. (1994) Antenatal Investigations BFM Press, Great Britain

Brechin A, Brown H, Eby M A 2000 Critical Practice in Health and Social Care OU Press, London

Costello J. & Haggart M. (2003) Public Health and Society Palgrave, Basingstoke.

Faulkner A (1992) Effective Interaction with Patients. Churchill Livingstone, London.

Griffiths S, & Hunter D J. (1999) Perspectives in Public Health Radcliffe Medical Press, Oxford.

James T & Barker E. (2001) Community Development, In Sines D., Appleby F. & Raymond B (eds) (2001) Community Healthcare Nursing Blackwell Science, Oxford.

Percy-Smith J 1996 (ed.) Needs assessment in pubic policy Open University Press, Buckingham.

Rawaf S. & Bahl V. (1998) Assessing the health needs of minority ethnic groups Royal College of Physicians, London.

Raymond B. (2001) Health Needs Assessment, Risk Assessment and Public Health, In Sines D. Appleby F., & Raymond B. (2001) Community Health Care Nursing. (2nd ed) Blackwell Science, Oxford.

Sines D., Appleby F., & Raymond B. (2001) Community Health Care Nursing. (2nd ed). Blackwell Science. Oxford.

Skills for Health 2004 National Occupational Standards for Public Health Skills for Health, London

Vostanis P, & Cumella S (eds) (1999) Homeless Children Problems and Needs. Jessica Kingsley, London.

Wright J. (1998) Health needs assessment in practice BMJ Publishing, London.

Specialist tutors will advise students on the specific reading required for their area of practice.


Journal of Advanced Nursing
Journal of Community Nursing
British Journal of Community Nursing
Community Practitioner
Advances in Nursing Science
British Journal of Community Nursing
Recent Advances in Nursing
Journal of Health and Social care
International Journal of Nursing Studies

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