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Health Promotion HEA4508


This module has been specifically designed to provide students with the opportunity to critically analyse how disease prevention can be achieved through planned activities and programmes that are designed to improve individual and population health outcomes and eliminate health disparities, improve quality of life and improve the availability of healthcare and related services.

Module code:HEA4508
Module credits:20
Cost for new students:£1000 for 2024/2025 academic year

If you are an existing student who is undertaking this module as part of a programme, your module fee will have been advised to you by email. Any queries on fees to [email protected].

If your tuition fee is being paid by a sponsor or you are a sponsor paying a student’s fee, you are required to send a copy of a purchase order to [email protected].

For further guidance please visit: Sponsored students – Edge Hill University

Who is this module for?

This is a collaborative, multi-professional module for those working in health and social care settings, providing the opportunity for participants to improve their health promotion and health improvement skills and understand the social determinants of health and illness. Prospective participants are expected to be experienced professionals in their speciality.

What are the key aims of the module?

The module aims to increase critical awareness of promoting health in the context of the social determinants of health through synthesis of the underpinning principles and concepts of health promotion in a variety of settings.

How will I study?

This module is blended in nature over 6 x 6-hour days, combining lead lectures with seminars that are supported by guided independent learning, providing the opportunity for participation in peer to peer discussion/support, enabling students to critically analyse theory with the aim of its application/translation to practice and improving health outcomes.

What will I study?

This module will enable the student to study the following:

  • Definition of health promotion
  • Concept of health and illness (medical and social models of health)
  • Historical context of health promotion and public health
  • Current and evolving health promotion challenges
  • Current health promotion practices
  • Social determinants of health
  • Impact of inequality on health (age, gender, ethnicity, socio-economic)
  • Health promotion principles
  • Health promotion models (health belief model, theory of reasoned action, stages of change model)
  • Health promotion approaches (medical, behavioural, educational, empowerment, social change)
  • Assessing needs and targeting health promotion in relation to local priorities
  • Social policies and health promotion
  • Contribution of health promotion strategies to public health

How will I be assessed?

Complete two assessments and contribute to a minimum of 70% online discussion activities.

Assessment 1:

The assessment will take the form of a report in which the student will be required to identify an initiative relating to health promotion. The initiative can be identified from their own area of practice or it could be an area of interest outside their own area of practice. Your choice can relate to an individual, group or population.

Assessment 2:

The assessment will take form of an individual poster presentation in which a health promotion issue is identified from the student’s area of practice. Aligned to a typical conference poster presentation format students will be expected to present and defend their poster in 8 minutes to a marking panel.

On successful completion you will:

  • Critically discuss the current practice of health promotion.
  • Critically examine the concepts of health and health promoting principles, models and approaches.
  • Present and critically defend to peer group an inclusive health promotion strategy for a specific patient or group, supported by relevant theoretical perspective on the social determinants of health.
  • Critically explore and discuss relevant evidence to support health promotion practice.

Study dates and venues

Venue: Ormskirk Campus, Edge Hill University

Starts: Thursday 27 February 2025

Session times:

  • Thursday 27 February 2025, 1-4pm
  • Thursday 20 March 2025, 1-4pm
  • Thursday 23 April 2025, 1-4pm

How to apply

Module availability varies from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Due to the popularity of some modules, it may be that the module is fully booked when your application is received. We will include your details on a waiting list and allocate you a place on the next available intake.

For details of how to apply, please visit the apply page.

Contact us

For further information regarding module content, please contact Dr Sam Assan, Module Lead – [email protected].

For any other queries, you can contact the Medical School – [email protected].