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Creating a ‘Health Promoting Curriculum’ to inform the development of a health promoting university: a case study

Coffey, M and Coufopoulos, A 2010, 'Creating a ‘Health Promoting Curriculum’ to inform the development of a health promoting university: a case study' , International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 48 (1) , pp. 4-8.

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    Abstract

    Objective: Final year undergraduate students, undertaking a health promotion module, were asked to reflect on their experiences of contributing to the strategic development of a health promoting university. As part of this module students were engaged in carrying out a health needs assessment(HNA) in order to inform the development of a health promoting university and enhance the curriculum. Design: This case study was conducted with forty students, and used un-moderated focus groups (n = 9) where students recorded their experiences of carrying out a HNA. Results: Key findings of the students’ refl ections(rather than of the health needs assessment) are presented in this paper. Students reported that by carrying out a HNA they: developed an understanding of the links between theory and practice; developed communication and networking skills; found the assessment meaningful; welcomed the opportunity to make a difference; could identify improvements that could have been made, along with challenges to carrying out their work and health gains. Conclusion: This study has shown how the student learning experience has been enhanced, whilst at the same time the university (and potentially the wider community) will potentially benefi t from the HNA that was carried out. Ultimately, the students were able to ‘reach the parts that other researchers can’t reach’, i.e. explore complex issues amongst their fellow peers.

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
    Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > RT Nursing
    Health and Wellbeing
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Justice Research
    Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Health Promotion and Education
    Publisher: Institute of Health Education
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 1463-5240
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    Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2011 12:54
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:49
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/14715

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