Module details for Public Health Nutrition and Health Promotion 1


This module covers the concepts of public health, development of public health policy and key public health issues. It will provide also the fundamentals of epidemiology.


The aim of this module is to provide the student with : an understanding of public health and an appreciation of the relationship between health care politics, policy making and population health.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Appraise Health Promotion models and interventions.

2.  Discuss implementation of food and nutrition policy in a range of community settings.

3.  Explain the main principles of epidemiology.

Indicative Content

1 Food & Nutrition policy

Framework of national and local policy and guidelines; models of good practice.

2 Health policy and public health

What is health policy? State intervention in health. Development of policy documents/guidelines for health/targets and implementation. Influences of global health policy. Structure of public health agencies.

3 Policy Implementation

Implementation of food and nutrition policy in educational establishments, community food initiatives, local authorities and health services.

4 Fundamentals of epidemiology

e.g. concept, measuring disease frequency, study designs for public health

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Practical Activity 24
Assessment 40
Independent 112
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.