Public Health and Health Promotion

Key features

This 20-credit masters-level module takes an upstream approach to thinking about health and wellbeing in our society. It provides the opportunity to critically explore contemporary approaches to public health and health promotion. Participants will develop their knowledge of population health, health protection, and health promotion nationally and with communities and individuals.

The aim of this module is to enable participants to think critically about the nature, purpose and practice of public health and to critically examine ways of promoting health in collaboration with communities and individuals.

Module code




FHEQ level 

Level 7 – masters degree


Online distance learning

Course details

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • Critically explore historical and contemporary public health perspectives, including social, cultural, political, economic and environmental factors.
  • Critically examine the concept of population health, including demography, epidemiology and health protection.
  • Demonstrate a systematic in-depth understanding of evidence-based health promotion approaches when collaborating with communities and individuals.


The assessment for this module is in two parts:

1.     A series of set exercises critically exploring public health topics.

2.     A written assignment demonstrating a systematic in-depth understanding of health promotion approaches.

(Please note that these assessment details are provisional – if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit).

Module dates

20, 27 January, 3, 10, 17 February and 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 March 2022. 

Learning will take place fully online using synchronous and asynchronous activities, including one live session each week.

Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers. In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date. Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers.

This module can be studied as a standalone module or as an optional module towards some MSc Advanced Professional Practice pathways – please contact the Professional Development Unit for further information.

Student feedback

Public health is an integral part of my job. Learning about and critically analysing health promotion and public health theories and approaches has helped me to develop my understanding of how this is relevant to my role as a midwife.

I had excellent support and tutorials on my course. The course leads are passionate about their subject area and impart this to students. The course content was also interesting and relevant.

My career will benefit from having evidence of Level 7 study, as I hope to go into the role of a public health midwife or specialist midwife.

My favourite part of the course was chatting and discussing the weekly topics with the other students. Having such a small intimate group and almost one-to-one support and seminars was fantastic.

– Tamsin Symes, APP760 student 2020–21

Admissions information 

Additional information and documentation required for the application process.

Access to: 

  • application forms 
  • change of name forms
  • pre-course information
  • downloadable guides
  • student card.

Visit our admissions homepage for full details.

Entry requirements

To undertake this module as part of a professional development pathway you must be:

  • A registered health and social care practitioner or health and social care worker.
  • Ideally in possession of previous study at degree level.

Individuals without a degree may be eligible to apply providing they have appropriate practice-related experience relevant to the programme, please discuss with the Professional Development Unit prior to application.

Fees and funding


Please see our professional development module fees page.


Funding for this module may be available through your employing organisation. Please contact your organisation’s education coordinator in the first instance.

Module lead

The module lead is Fiona Ramsay 

You can contact the Professional Development Unit with any queries

Prospective student enquiries:


Phone: +44 1752 586951

Current student enquiries:


Professional Development Unit, Level 4 Rolle Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, United Kingdom.

Monday–Thursday 8:30–17:00 and Friday 8:30–16:30.