Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Health Promotion

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Public Health

DESCRIPTION This study-unit exposes the students to the principles of health promotion as outlined by the Ottawa Charter and as applied to everyday life. Initially the study-unit discusses the definitions and the theories used in health promotion and analyses such tools as social marketing, use of the media while keeping ethical behaviour main-streamed in all discussions.

Towards the end of the study-unit, various organisations and / or experts will be invited to give a presentation which will be followed by a discussion. These include, inter alia, sedqa/Carits/Oasi/Richmond Foundation, while experts will be invited to discuss Sexual Health; Nutrition; Smoking; CVDs; and Cancer.

Study-unit Aims:

The aim of this study-unit is to introduce health professionals to the discipline of health promotion and health education and help the various disciplines understand their role as health promoters. This is a step towards the internalisation of promoting health by all professionals and henceforth health will not be understood merely as the absence of disease.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Develop a uniform definition of the various concepts studied;
- Understand and apply specific theories from various disciplines and understand human behaviour in relation to why certain decisions are taken;
- Use their knowledge and apply the information to the various situations encountered;
- Improve their knowledge on human behaviour and human needs;
- Move from the medical model on to the social model to understand the wider situation.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Listen with a third ear to what clients are saying and grasp what is not being said;
- Look at health NOT as the absence of disease but as a prerequisite for the full enjoyment of life;
- Apply the principles of health promotion in their daily work;
- Learn to 'wear the shoes' of the clients and be less judgemental when discussing options.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Aggleton P., (1992) Health, London, Routledge
- Argyle M., (1981) Social Skills and Health, London, Methuen
- Bettinghaus EP., (1986) Health Promotion and the Knowledge - Attitude - Behaviour Continuum in Preventative Medicine 15, pp. 475 - 491
- Bunton R., and Macdonald G. (1992) Health Promotion Disciplines and Diversity ., New York , Routledge - RECOMMENDED
- Concepts and Principles in Action, (1984) A Policy Framework, Health Promotion, WHO
- Downie RS., Fyfe C., and Tannahill A. (1992) Health Promotion Models and Values., New York, Oxford University Press
- Ewles L., and Simnett I. (1992) Promoting Health; A Practical Guide, UK, Scutari Press
- Naidoo J., & Wills J., (1994) Health Promotion Foundations for Practice, UK, Bailliere Tindall - RECOMMENDED
- Nutbeam D., (1986) Health Promotion Glossary, Health Promotion Volume 1, No. 1, May 1986
- Seedhouse D., (1988) Ethics, the Art of Health Care, Chichester, Wiley
- The Ottawa Charter, (1986) in Journal of Health Promotion Vol.1 No. 4, 1986 - RECOMMENDED and AVAILABLE on WHO website
- Tones K., Tilford S., and Robinson Y. (1990) Health Education Effectiveness and Efficiency., London, Chapman and Hall

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Qualification: 1st degree in a related subject


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Jennifer Azzopardi
Roderick Bugeja
Sina Bugeja (Co-ord.)
Anne Buttigieg
Brian Camilleri
Claire Copperstone
Mariella Mangion
Tanya Melillo
Charlene Vassallo

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