Short course

Health Improvement

This five day course will equip you with the skills to analyse and critique the health improvement and promotion policy, strategies and practice, enabling you to demonstrate your own comprehension using the appropriate resources.

Start date
29 January - 2 February, 11 - 15 March 2024
5 days
Home - £1,130 International - £2,960
Postgraduate microcredential
20 credits


The aim of this short course is to introduce students to core concepts and principles which underpin health improvement and health promotion as it is practised in England today. Public Health is a population-based activity devoted to promoting and protecting health and well-being, preventing ill-health and prolonging life through the organised efforts of society. It consists of three main areas of activity: health improvement (health promotion), health service quality and health protection. This module will establish the common principles which underpin health promotion practice, and then focus on teaching key concepts and approaches to health improvement activities.


On completion, you should be able to:

  1. Discuss critically the health improvement and promotion policy, theories and research which underpin delivery of present-day health improvement activities.
  2. Consider and evaluate health improvement and promotion priorities, strategies and methods used with individuals, groups, partnerships and communities.
  3. Analyse critically issues of power, ethics and politics within health improvement and health promotion policy and practice.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to manage your own learning, and to make critical use of relevant resources.


One structured written proposal (max 2000 words) critically and succinctly describing the development, implementation and evaluation of a specified activity to improve health within a defined population.


The module will consist of lectures, expert seminars, and small group teaching supported by different forms of enquiry-based learning.