Health Promotion and Education in Practice

Course code SNM609
15 credits at level 7


Who is it for?

Health promotion and education is a part of most health care professionals role and so this module is likely to be of value to practitioners across a wide range of settings.

Overview of content:

  • Politics, Policy, Inequalities and Health Literacy
  • Psychology for Health Promotion
  • The Sociology and Ethics of Health Promotion
  • Children and Health Promotion
  • Promoting Positive Mental Health
  • Health Promotion and Black and Minority Ethnic Groups

What is it about?

This module aims to enable practitioners to critically appraise their role in health education and promotion by analysing the theoretical and conceptual aspects of health promotion and relating this to their practice. It enables practitioners to explore the health promotion and education aspect of their clinical practice. It looks at the theoretical base for health promotion and analyses the models and concepts of health promotion and education - including individual, social and population level activity. It also enables students to explore the related sociological and psychological elements of health behaviour and critically assess the manner in which these may be applied to individual clients or specific target groups. The impact of health policy and epidemiology upon health promotion and education is also critically explored.

How does it enhance practice?

By completing this module participants will be able to:

  • Critically reflect on key concepts, contemporary issues and debates in Health Promotion and relate these to your own personal practice and that of your peers.
  • Critically reflect on the theoretical basis for health promotion.
  • Appreciate the range of socio-economic, cultural and political factors influencing health and be able to draw on these factors in critically appraising health promotion campaigns.
  • Demonstrate an ability to critically reflect on health promotion and communicate key ideas in health promotion.

Mode of Assessment:

A 3000-word assignment that enables the student to demonstrate their learning for this unit. The assignment asks for the student to draw on key concepts covered in the learning materials and provide a critical analysis of a health promotion programme of their choice.

Course Structure:

12 week course – Online – distance learning

Upcoming Start Dates:

27 September 2021

Attendance dates:


Application and Funding

To apply for this course you need to complete an online application form and you can do this by visiting our how to apply page. For an individual module a fees and funding form will automatically be sent on submission of your application form. When applying for a masters programme a funding form and details of funding options can be found on our Funding Page.

If successful in your application for the course you will receive a confirmation email closer to the start date.