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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

DSUR1127 Health and Health Promotion

20 creditsClass Size: 123

Module manager: Dr Simon Wood

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Entry Requirements for MChD/BChD Dental Surgery, BSc Oral Science or BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene and Therapy as outlined in Course Finder.

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module will introduce the concepts of health, illness and disease. Methods of promoting general and oral health on a one-to-one basis as well as in the society will be identified, based on various approaches to health promotion. Students will study concepts and models of health, and models of health behaviour as well as the common risk factors that influence general and oral health including biological, social, behavioural, cultural, psychological, political, economic and environmental factors. Students will examine their own health and wellbeing and, more importantly, ways to optimise these. Students will be encouraged to place oral health in the context of general health of the individual and society. Various methods of delivering health promotion/education will be examined, together with their effectiveness. Students will learn to appreciate how different disciplines can work together to promote health, forming healthy alliances. A class debate (role playing) will be organised to enable students to critically appraise evidence in water fluoridation. Students will be introduced to key research skills such as data gathering, information processing, communication, presentation and team working.


The module will provide an introduction to the concept of health – physical, social and mental - and will link this to oral health at a personal and community level. Factors influencing health and the role of oral health in general health will be emphasised. The module will allow students to observe and acquire skills for health promotion with respect to general and oral health. Principles and methods of health promotion will be introduced, with special emphasis on an inter-disciplinary approach.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module, students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the concepts of health, illness and disease; and their influencing factors;
2. Have knowledge of how to support patients to maintain and improve their health including the application of models of health behaviours;
3. Describe the key principles of health promotion in the wider context and the relationship between health education and health promotion;
4. Outline various health promotion and health education approaches.

Skills outcomes
Library / data gathering skills
Team work


- The concepts/models of health (physical, social and mental)
- Health influencing factors
- Basic cardiovascular anatomy and physiology
- Genetics and health
- Models of health behaviour
- Principles and approaches to health promotion
- The Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion
- Oral health education
- Information literacy
- Class debate
- Project (group with presentation)

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning11.001.00
On-line Learning52.0010.00
Library Session12.502.50
Group Project53.0015.00
Private study hours137.50
Total Contact hours62.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Preparation for lectures, seminars & e-learning: 76 hours
Preparation for laboratory sessions: 14 hours
Preparation for group work and presentation 10 hours
Planned Revision for Exams: 37.5 hours (including independent studies strategy sessions provided by the Student Advice Team)

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students engage in a group project with formative feedback from the facilitator in the initial stages and additionally from peers after final presentation of work.
Seminars are designed to consolidate theories covered in lectures and support the students in the development of their understanding.
The debate on a topical health promotion issue allows the student to apply theories covered in lectures. Formative feedback is provide during these sessions.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PresentationGroup presentation based on group project0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)0.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Open Book exam2 hr 00 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

Exam; SAQs, MCQs. Online time limited assessment with a duration of 48 hours.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 06/10/2021


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