Promoting Health and Wellbeing in Contemporary Society

This module forms part of the Bachelor of Science Degrees (Nursing, Midwifery and Health Studies) but can also be taken as a stand-alone module.
Module code: 
NB30036 Local & International
SCQF Level: 
9 (6)
SCQF Credits: 
30 (15)
Total student effort: 
300 hours

Target Audience

This module is suitable for all healthcare professionals including nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.

Delivery Details

This module is delivered entirely online through MyDundee (the University virtual learning environment). All materials are provided through this medium. E-learning offers you easy access to web resources and documents needed for your studies, as well as facilitating discussions and the exchange of ideas with fellow students and tutors. Anyone with access to the internet and basic IT skills will be able to use MyDundee.

Module Aims

This module provides you with the opportunity to explore a range of issues relating to health promotion and wellbeing within a contemporary healthcare context.

Module Overview

The module comprises of 5 on-line units. The module is structured in a way that encourages you to begin by revisiting your knowledge and understanding around definitions of health and wellbeing, determinants of heath and health inequalities. It also introduces you to the concept of health promotion and provides a brief overview of its history. The module moves on to explore the role of health policy in promoting health and wellbeing, and draws out discussions around overarching principles for health promotion activity. Next, it identifies frameworks and tools that can be used in a variety of contexts to promote health and wellbeing. The module finishes by presenting real life examples of ‘best practice’ and asking you to consider ‘what next?’ – that is, what does the future hold for health promotion locally, nationally and globally.

Learning Outcomes

  • Critically appraise the evidence base for health promotion practice.
  • Critically analyse a range of theoretical approaches to health promotion and their application to practice.
  • Explore the influence of current public health policy and practice on the promotion of health and wellbeing.
  • Debate current ethical, socio-political and cultural issues in relation to heath promotion.
  • Develop a critical awareness of the broad determinants of health in a global context.
  • Explore the role and contribution of health and social care professionals in promoting health and wellbeing in contemporary society.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment for this module is a 4500 word essay in which you will explore an area of health promotion activity related to a specific client group. The module team have structured the module content in a way that aligns well with the module assessment and also allows you to focus on a topic or setting that is of interest to you.

Module Requirements

To undertake this module, you must have access to a computer and internet (preferably broadband) and have basic IT skills.

Module Leader: Dr Linda Orr

For further information, please contact the module leader ( or the programme manager ( by email or telephone: +44 (0)1382 388534