Module: Improving Community Health and Well Being


Module: Improving Community Health and Well Being 
Module leader: Dr Emily Steggall

As a society we face a complex range of health challenges and opportunities, which are shaped by a wide range of factors, including where we live, our early life experiences, what work we do and the decisions made by governments about taxation and benefits.

These factors can determine the choices we make about our health as well as our chances of becoming unwell. Our population is aging and new threats are emerging including earlier diagnosis of chronic disease, resistant infections and the effects of climate change. In meeting these challenges we need to be aware that health is not fairly shared out; people living in poorer areas get ill earlier in life, reducing their opportunity to live long and healthy lives.

In this module, offered on the BSc (Hons) Public Health degree, you can expect to study in more depth how these factors affect our health and how, through use of theory and practice, we might, as a wider public health workforce, take a broad approach to improving health and reducing inequalities.

We will look at how to work with communities and the theory around communicating health messages, as well as how policies and services can be orientated towards improving health. Wales is an exciting place to explore the role of policy at the moment, with the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 leading the way in incorporating health into all policies.

The module uses discussion of case-studies and examples from practice to explore the issues involved with improving population health. It includes skills-based sessions which can be applied to your own practice, for example through use of brief intervention training to support smoking cessation.