Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Introduction to Concepts and Theories of Health

Course summary

Course code: OMED0043
Level: 4
Credits: 15
School: Education and Health
Department: Psych., Social Wk and Counsell.
Course Coordinator(s): Vincent La Placa



The aim of this course is to enable students to explore ideas around definitions and theories of health and understand their uses in health studies

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

Learning Outcome
1 Explore ideas, definitions and theories employed in the study of health
2 Discuss how the social and behavioural sciences enhance understanding of health
3 Begin to recognize their uses across the field of health

Indicative content

• Definitions, theories and concepts of health
• Impact of culture in defining and constructing health behaviour and illness
• Wider social determinants of health
• Health related behaviour change
• Health and wellbeing

Teaching and learning activity

The primary form of teaching in this module will be in the form of guided and participative lectures. The lecturer will work with students offering advice and guidance on the subject. Students will also share their views and perspectives with each other and share ideas on topics.


Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Essay
Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning: Group discussions, Key Readings on chosen essay question.
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment (Please use the numbers above to refer to these): 1,2,3
Grading Mode: Numeric
Weighting: 100%
Pass Mark: 40%
Word Length: 1500
Outline Details: A choice of three essays covering theories and topics across the course.