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Learn about the social, cultural, economic and political factors that affect health as well as identify health patterns and trends in the health and wellness of individuals, neighbourhoods and populations.

You will be able to empower individuals, families and societies to make healthy lifestyle changes through effective verbal, written, audio-visual, social media presentation and communication methods.

Course description

With the increasing emphasis on health promotion, public health and the social determinants of health, this course has been designed for those who aspire to make a difference to people’s health and wellbeing in this fascinating and expanding field.

We’ll develop your knowledge and skills to address key public health issues, including health inequalities, health enhancing strategies and community engagement.

The course will improve career prospects for working in a variety of roles in public health and health promotion in a range of organisations including the NHS, local authorities, Public Health England, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), as well as in voluntary and independent sectors.

Year 1 (Level 4):

  • Law, policy and ethical practice in health and social care
  • Demonstrating professional principles and values in health and social care practice
  • Supporting the individual journey through the integrated health and social care workplace
  • Fundamentals of evidence based practice (Pearson set)
  • Health education in action
  • Addressing health inequalities
  • Effective reporting and record keeping in health and social care

Year 2 (Level5):

  • Innovation and improvement through action research (Pearson-set project)
  • Reflective approaches in implementing person-centred practice
  • Health psychology
  • Holistic approaches to health promotion
  • Social policy in public health
  • Global health and wellbeing
  • Human resource management

What areas will I study?

  • Law, policy and ethical practice in health and social care (15 credits)

    The Learning Outcomes in this unit build progressively from core underpinning legal principles and perspectives to national and international law on key topics within health and care practice. Students will investigate the legal and policy framework related to health and care practice in different settings, leading to opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge and skills through targeted assignments.

  • Demonstrating professional principles and values in health and social care practice (15 credits)

    This unit is intended to run alongside other units in this qualification in order that students may gather evidence to compile a Professional Learning and Development Portfolio (PLAD) which captures evidence of learning and development against a framework of Practice Themes which forms the essential core running through the unit. The unit aims to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for students to reflect on their own and others’ daily practice and improve students’ own practice and professional development.

  • Supporting the individual journey through the integrated health and social care workplace (15 credits)

    The aim of this unit is to develop students’ understanding of an individual’s right to being involved in their own care and develop students’ skills in promoting this right when working with individuals. This right is, in many cases, enshrined in law and in the fundamental standards of care.

  • Fundamentals of evidence based practice (Pearson set) (30 credits)

    The aim of this unit is to develop students’ knowledge and skills to understand the purpose and process of research in health and social care particularly in relation to promoting integrated approaches to care. Students will carry out a literature review on a topic drawn from the Practice Themes aimed at quality improvement within wider health, care or support service practice.

  • Health education in action (15 credits)

    This unit will support the development of students’ knowledge, understanding and skills regarding providing and supporting the provision of health education to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals accessing healthcare services.

This unit will be of interest to those individuals wishing to pursue a career as a nurse, health advisor and in other healthcare-related professions where they will need to take part in health education initiative.

  • Addressing health inequalities (15 credits)

    In this unit, students will explore current public health issues and will develop understanding of the factors that influence differences in health status across populations. Students will analyse different types and levels of intervention in health protections. Health protection and the reduction of disease is an important public health role and students will review how healthcare professionals prevent and control the spread of disease. This unit will support progression to more senior roles with allied health professionals working in public health and can also support progression to continuing higher education in public health and health promotion-related degrees.

  • Effective reporting and record keeping in health and social care (15 credits)

    This unit is intended to introduce students to the process of reporting and recording information in health, care or support services; it will allow them to recognise the legal requirements and the regulatory body recommendations when using paper or computers to store information, as well as the correct methods of disposing of records. This unit will enable students to recognise the importance of accurate recording and appropriate sharing of information and be able to keep and maintain records appropriately in their workplace.

*Innovation and Improvement through Action Research (Pearson-set Project) (30 credits)

The aim of this unit is to develop student’s research skills further to be able to carry out an independent piece of action research using human participants to contribute to service improvement. Students will make use of the Practice Themes in order to identify a suitable research project or extend a proposed study. Students will develop a deeper understanding of the types of research conducted in public health and develop their research skills further to carry out a research study using their own research questions. Students will then go on to design their research methodology and carry out a piece of action research and produce findings to a range of audiences.

*Reflective Approaches in Implementing Person-centred Practice (15 credits)

It provides students with an opportunity to further develop their skills as reflective practitioners. The evidence for the unit will be based on theoretical considerations as well as practice within the workplace. It requires students to bring together their classroom and workplace learning across their programme, demonstrating their professional development using reflective approaches. Learning in the workplace will be supplemented with wider understanding and knowledge from all parts of the course.

*Holistic Approaches to Health Promotion (15 credits)

In this unit, students will explore physical, mental, social, socio-economic, environmental and emotional factors that affect aspects of the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities. They will also investigate how health promotion strategies, approaches and campaigns operate to improve health outcomes on a wider scale. Students will reflect on different models of health promotion and their applicability to current practice in healthcare settings, and in local communities.

  • Health Psychology (15 credits)

    Students will examine different disorders that have a significant psychological dimension including eating disorders, stress and anxiety, alcohol and drug dependency. They will analyse the different factors and combinations of factors that give rise to these conditions and affect their diagnosis, prognosis and treatment. The unit includes an exploration of the process of psychological evaluation relating to specific conditions with emphasis on influencing attitudes and awareness towards better health outcomes and the promotion of behavioural change.

  • Social Policy in Public Health (15 credits)

The aim of this unit is to introduce students to a range of legislation, policy and codes of professional conduct related to public health and the impact these have on different populations. This will lead on to students appraising current social policy and how policy can aid in the promotion of health for a population within their own practice area.

  • Global Health and Wellbeing (15 credits)

    The aim of this unit is for students to explore the field of global health and wellbeing, through the investigation of epidemiological approaches to improving population health. While learning the underpinning processes of epidemiology, students will link these to real-world examples within their own area of healthcare practice. Topics in this unit include epidemiology of global, national and local health issues, including contributory factors, incidence and prevalence, data analysis, researching global health issues, communicable and non-communicable diseases and the effectiveness of interventions, including the impact of own practice.

  • Human Resource Management (15 credits)

    Students will investigate how Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is used in the workplace as well as examining their role in supporting, coaching or mentoring staff and the purpose and process of providing feedback. Students will also explore the use of development plans to allow for identification of staff training requirements and investigate their own management training needs.

Course options

Age range Start Fees Duration Further Information
- September 2022, Duration: 2 Academic years £6165.00 (Per Academic Year) 2 Academic years -

UCAS Application Information

Institution Name: South & City College Birmingham
UCAS Code: D317
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