Analysis of public health / health development concepts and theory
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Part A below is taken directly from the module guide
Part B is additional guidance that you may find helpful
3000 word written essay
You are required to:
Critically analyse public health / health development concepts and theory that underlie a specific public health / health development intervention.
Word limit: 3000 words
‘An understanding of public health and health promotion theory is essential to informed practice’ (Naidoo and Wills 2005:3)
Theories and concepts underpin any form of health intervention. Coursework 2 requires you, therefore, to analyse critically theoretical and conceptual issues that implicitly or explicitly underpin a public health / health development intervention of your choice. To guide your thinking and the development of your essay ensure that you address all four module learning outcomes. They should be used as framework to develop your essay, focus and academic argument. Remember that as a post graduate student you are being assessed, through your coursework, in a number of areas including:
- your knowledge relevant to the subject area
- your intellectual skills and powers of creativity
- your problem solving abilities
- your ability to communicate
- your ability to see relationships between what you have learned
- your ability to consider the relevant subject within broader contexts
Source: UK Quality Code for Higher Education (2014)
It is important that in demonstrating theoretical understandings you place emphasis on analysis, synthesis and evaluation. Avoid ‘telling a story’ about the intervention. This approach will use up words and is unnecessary.
Your chosen public health / health development intervention may concern:
- a lifestyle issue / health behaviour e.g. smoking, substance misuse
- health protection i.e. communicable disease e.g. tuberculosis, malaria, dengue fever, ebola
- a social determinant of health e.g. transport, housing
- a non-communicable disease e.g. coronary heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), mental health, diabetes
- primary prevention e.g. immunisation, unintentional accidents, positive parenting
- secondary prevention e.g. screening
The intervention will probably relate to a particular population, for example, children, the homeless, older people, people with disabilities, men, refugees and/or a particular setting, for example, the workplace, prison, schools, community or neighbourhood.
- Introduction – this will be the first impression that your marker will have of your writing. A good introduction should clearly reflect the question and present an outline of what the paper will be discussing
- Include in the essay an analytical discussion, supported by literature sources, on the meaning of public health and the relationship between public health and health development / health promotion
- Introduce the chosen public health/health development intervention (see above). Analyse why the health topic that is the subject of the intervention is an issue of importance for public health/health development. This should include an analysis of epidemiological data.
- Use the four module learning outcomes as a framework to guide the development of your paper. It is not necessary to deal with each learning outcome chronologically. Rather, you should be satisfied that your essay reflects sufficiently and appropriately each learning outcome.
- Critically analyse theories and concepts that inform public health and health development practice and that relate to issues and the challenges of population health and its improvement.
This learning outcome can be met, for example, by analysing the aim and the strengths and limitations of the approach taken by the intervention (view materials on Moodle). The discussion should include analysis of concepts of health and inclusion of discussion on the social determinants of health. A good paper will discuss critically relevant concepts and theory that underlie the named intervention (i.e. application of theory to practice) and evidence of excellent engagement with source materials
- Critically evaluate the strategic practice of surveillance and the assessment of a population’s health and well being
This learning outcome can be met through inclusion of discussion about the role of surveillance and health needs assessment in public health (e.g. what is the role of surveillance and HNA in public health?). A good paper will demonstrate analysis of concepts and theory relevant to surveillance and HNA that underlie the intervention (i.e. application of theory to practice) and evidence of excellent engagement with source materials. There should be analysis of concepts of need (e.g. Bradshaw’s taxonomy of need). How was the need for the chosen intervention assessed or how should or could the need have been assessed?
- Critically appraise strategies and interventions that equitably address and promote a population’s health and wellbeing
This learning outcome can be met through inclusion of discussion on health inequality and health inequity. A good paper will discuss critically relevant concepts and theory and the extent to which issues of health inequality and inequity are addressed or overlooked by the intervention (i.e. application of theory to practice) including evidence of excellent engagement with source materials
- Examine critically the ingredients of effective and sustainable partnerships and collaborative working in public health and health development
This learning outcome can be met through inclusion of discussion on the importance of the role of partnerships and collaboration and analysis on the ingredients, and the barriers, to effective and sustainable partnerships and collaboration. A good paper will demonstrate analysis of how the issues discussed underlie the intervention (i.e. application of theory to practice) and evidence of excellent engagement with source materials
- Conclusion – briefly summarise the main points raised and your argument. It is important that the
coursework question/task is referred to in some way or another within the conclusion. The conclusion should be a summary of the conclusion reached regarding the importance of the relationship between theory and practice.
It is important to ensure that the essay demonstrates breadth and depth of reading and engagement with
Literature to support argument. All ideas, claims and data should be acknowledged to a source. Referencing
must be in accordance with CU Harvard system of referencing.
- The assignment will be talking about breast cancer in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the intervention will be breast cancer screening, so please in the epidemiology part you should include data from Saudi Arabia.
- The name of the screening should be written as named in Saudi Arabia.