Aims/Description: Health promotion is the process of enabling people to take control of, and improve, their own health (WHO, 2014). Health promotion is increasingly regarded as effective way to address the burden of chronic disease and widening health inequalities. This unit will introduce students to a range of contemporary issues in health promotion including theories of behaviour change, the politics and policy of health promotion, community engagement and power, health literacy and understanding risk. The sessions are designed to enable students to develop a critical appreciation of the links between theory and practice in health and explore some of the socio-economic, cultural, political and personal factors that influence our health beliefs and health choices. Students will be given the opportunity to reflect on their own practice in relation to the key issues covered and consider the practice and experiences of their peers.

Staff Contact: THOMPSON JILL
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials, Placements, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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