Public Health and Health Promotion Intervention

Key information

Start date:
To be confirmed


Kate Granger Building, 30 Priestley Road, Surrey Research Park, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7YH

Depending on the subject and content, modules will be delivered via a combination of face to face and online.

Some modules may be taught at: Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH

Contact details:

  • Level
    7 (postgraduate)
  • Credits
  • Module code

Module aims

This module aims to enable you to:

  • Develop your understanding of the concept of public health and health promotion within the context of contemporary health policy and the underlying political agenda.
  • Explore and evaluate approaches to assessing public health and the underpinning information systems and data bases.
  • Gain and exercise higher levels of judgement, decision making and discretion in public health and health promotion practice.
  • Gain confidence and competence in using a variety of approaches to promote healthy lifestyles with individuals, groups and communities.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • Critically examine the concept of public health and health promotion in terms of the underlying political agenda.
  • Identify and critically evaluate assessment tools for public health practice.
  • Explore and critically evaluate data and resources needed for effective practice in public health at local and national level and informing commissioning.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the interrelationship of public health and health promotion with other relevant disciplines.
  • Debate the need for initiative in decision-making, collaborative working and the influence of legal and ethical issues on practice.
  • Identify and explore the wider determinants of health and critically evaluate the role of advocacy, empowerment and communication in effective public health practice.
  • Demonstrate competence in a range of facilitation skills and implement them to deliver evidence based information which can be used to empower clients to make an informed choice.
  • Critique the principles of social marketing and examine its use as strategy to target messages to specific groups and ensure resources are used efficiently.

Course content

Indicative module content includes:

  • The structure and nature of public health within the social and political context.
  • Processes of health surveillance and assessment of a population’s health and well-being.
  • Resources needed to implement public health initiatives and support public health practice at local, national and international levels.
  • Causation and critical evaluation of selected therapeutic and preventative interventions.
  • Theories and concepts underpinning public health practice.
  • Collaborative working with individuals, groups and communities to enhance health and well-being.
  • Exploration of the wider determinants of health and the use of advocacy to promote client perspective in the assessment process.
  • Appraising the quality of communication with individuals, groups and communities in assessment processes.
  • Identifying, collating, analysing and critically interpreting data relating to health and well-being of an identified population and using this to make recommendations for service development.
  • The bio-psychosocial aspects of group and community assessment.
  • Contemporary issues in public health or social care.
  • Health promotion models and approaches underpinning health promotion work.
  • Social marketing.

Learning and teaching methods

For the 2023/24 curriculum, our PGT/CPD modules will continue to be delivered using hybrid learning. This means that depending on the subject and content of learning and teaching, modules will mainly be delivered via a combination of face to face and online delivery (both live and asynchronous), as this has worked really well for our practice-based colleagues. It is important to recognise the majority of modules contain face to face contact time and attendance at the University will be required.

Learning and teaching methods include:

  • Student presentations
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Discussions
  • Case studies 
  • E-learning
  • Seminars from expert speakers.



Drawing on and critically appraising varying levels and sources of data, perform a health needs assessment of a defined population. Devise an intervention for a health promotion priority identified in the health needs assessment. Using the data you have collated, critically debate the rationale for your strategy that could be used to influence potential funders.      

Word count: 2,500

Course leader

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Felicity Jones

Senior Lecturer in Integrated Care (Population Health), Director of Studies for Specialist Practice

Reading list

Take a look at the module reading list.

Entry requirements

  • Ability to study at level 7
  • Professional registration as a healthcare professional:
    • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
    • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Working in health and social care.

Fees and funding

Fees are to be confirmed

How to apply

  1. Applications close on 15 August 2023 or earlier if we reach a maximum number of applications. If we still have spaces on the course, we may extend the application deadline date.
  2. It is important to ensure that you complete all sections and answer all questions, incomplete forms will cause a delay and may result in you missing out on an available place.
  3. If you are registered on a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course then you will need to complete an application form for each CPD module you wish to apply for.

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Terms and conditions

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If your sponsoring healthcare provider is funding you for this module, by submitting an application you agree to allow all information regarding your module (for example your exam results) to be shared with the sponsoring provider.

Cancellation policy

If you withdraw less than seven days before the module commences or do not attend on the first day (without informing the module administrator) the full cost of the module will be charged. Withdrawals after the module commences will also be charged.

Module availability

Places are confirmed approximately one month before the module start date. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps. 


Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to module content) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the module. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a module with us. Read the full disclaimer.

Course location and contact details

Campus location

Kate Granger Building

Our Medicine (Graduate Entry) BMBS degree, nursing and midwifery, and health science courses are taught at the Kate Granger Building (30 Priestley Road), on the Surrey Research Park.

Additional information

Depending on the subject and content, modules will mainly be delivered via a combination of face-to-face and online. Some modules may be taught at: Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH.

Post-registration Administration team

University of Surrey
Surrey GU2 7XH