Principles and Concepts: Health Promotion and Public Health

Short Course - - 15 credits at SCQF level 11 | ECTS points 7.5
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This short course will support you to come up with creative and innovative solutions to improving population health. You will explore what health is and the different influences upon health using the latest evidence. This course critically examines the key principles, models and approaches to public health and health promotion.

This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date

19 September 2022

Course Length

8 weeks

As public health professionals, we have a vital role in improving, maintaining and promoting good health in whatever setting we are working in. The aim of this course is to increase critical awareness of promoting health in the context of the social determinants of health, a fundamental aspect of public health and health promotion practice, by evaluating the underpinning principles and concepts of health promotion and public health in different settings.

The historical context of health promotion and public health will be explored and how practice has evolved. Current challenges of public health and health promotion practice will be examined and critically analysed.

You will be actively participating throughout the module. In addition to your directed studies, workshops and the module assessment, you will also be reflecting on your personal development as a public health professional.

The course will be delivered through online workshops at set times. The sessions will cover the following:

  • Defining Health and Public Health
  • Historical Context of Public Health and Health Promotion
  • Current and Evolving Public Health Challenges
  • Current Public Health Practice
  • What is health?
  • The Social Determinants of Health
  • Health Promotion Principles
  • Health Promotion Models
  • Health Promotion Approaches

Upskilling Courses

In partnership with the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), our online upskilling short courses have been developed in response to feedback from businesses regarding their people and skills needs and are therefore helpful for individuals considering their employment options as well as organisations looking to upskill their employees. Find out more:




Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.


Advanced presentation skills are core to public health practice.

Therefore, the assessment for this course involves designing and delivering an oral presentation. You will be required to demonstrate your presentation skills and your fulfilment of the module learning outcomes. Additionally, your presentation will show your ability to relate theory to practice and your depth of knowledge about the principles and concepts of health promotion and public health. It will also demonstrate your research skills, such as identifying sources of information and selecting appropriate references and your ability to organise ideas, to think critically and to reason logically. It should be clearly presented in an academically and professionally acceptable manner. You will be supported in preparing for your assessment by your tutors.

Independent Study

This course is completed through a combination of self-directed independent study and group work.

It is expected that you will spend a minimum of 150 hours study over the 8 weeks of the module, including the preparation and delivery of the assessment. 

You will be allocated an academic tutor who will be there to support you through the module.

Staff Delivering on This Course

This module has been developed by a team of academic and professional staff with extensive expertise in public health and health promotion, within academic, healthcare and community public health settings.

Academic Support

The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Online Learning & Support

All online learning students, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

Study Skills Support

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.


Applicants who normally hold an undergraduate degree or honours degree and/or relevant work experience is desirable but not essential


Course Fees

  • To be confirmed

Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:


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