Unit type: Internal
Guided learning hours: 90
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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.
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.
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.