B Examine the factors affecting health and the impact of addressing these factors to improve public health

Unit 8: Promoting Public Health

Level: 3

Unit type: Internal

Guided learning hours: 90

Unit in brief

Learners explore the aims of public health policy and the current approaches to promoting and protecting health and encouraging behaviour change in the population.

Unit introduction

Public health is concerned with protecting and improving the health of the population. Practitioners working in the health and social care sectors need to be aware of the implications of public health policy for services and those who use services. They need to consider the reasons for improving the health of individuals and the general public.

This unit will give you an understanding of the aims of public health policy. You will explore how patterns of health and ill health of the population are monitored and how this leads to the development of public health policy. You will consider factors affecting health locally and nationally. You will consider different methods of promoting and protecting public health. You will develop an appreciation of the barriers to be overcome with promoting public health and ways of making people aware of public health issues. You will gain a greater understanding of how healthcare professionals and government agencies use public health initiatives to encourage individuals to change their behaviour in relation to their health.

This unit will prepare you for progression to higher education, to health-related degrees in areas such as nursing or occupational therapy, or to social work degrees.

Learning aims

In this unit you will:

A   Examine strategies for developing public health policy to improve the health of individuals and the population

B   Examine the factors affecting health and the impact of addressing these factors to improve public health

C   Investigate how health is promoted to improve the health of the population

D   Investigate how health promotion encourages individuals to change their behaviour in relation to their own health.

Assessment criteria

Pass                                            Merit

Distinction

Learning aim A: Examine strategies for developing public health policy to improve the health of individuals and the population

 

 

 

 

AB.D1  Evaluate how far the use of strategies and monitoring the health status of the population helps public health policy to meet its aims in reducing the factors that influence public health, with reference to a specific demographic area.

A.P1 Explain the strategies used to develop public health policy in order for it to meet its aims.

A.P2 Explain how monitoring information to determine patterns of health and ill health is used by government to inform the creation of public health policy.

 

A.M1 Analyse how public health policy is influenced by strategies and patterns of health and ill health.

Learning aim B: Examine the factors affecting health and the impact of addressing these factors to improve public health

B.P3 Explain factors affecting current patterns of health and ill health in a specific demographic area.

B.P4 Explain the impact of public health policy in minimising these factors in relation to a specific demographic area.

B.M2 Assess the extent to which factors affect current patterns of health and ill health, with reference to a specific demographic area.

B.M3 Assess how minimising the factors affecting health can contribute to improving the health of the population in relation to the area.

Learning aim C: Investigate how health is promoted to improve the health of the population

C.D2

 

 

 

D.D3

 

 

D.D4

Justify the approaches used to promote and protect health and prevent disease in a selected health promotion campaign.

Evaluate the success of a specific public health campaign in encouraging behaviour change in relation to health.

Evaluate how far a recent health promotion campaign met the aims of public health policy through the strategies and approaches used to improve the health of a demographic area.

C.P5 Explain how approaches to health promotion and protection have been applied in a selected health promotion campaign.

C.P6 Explain how approaches to prevention and control have been applied in a selected campaign.

 

C.M4 Assess the success of approaches used to promote and protect health and prevent disease in a selected health promotion campaign.

Learning aim D: Investigate how health promotion encourages individuals to change their behaviour in relation to their own health

D.P7 Explain how models or theories that justify behaviour change can be used to overcome barriers in relation to a selected health promotion campaign.

D.P8 Explain the features of a selected health promotion campaign and the approaches used to increase public awareness.

 

D.M5 Analyse how theories or models and approaches have been used in a selected health promotion campaign to overcome barriers and increase public awareness.


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