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Module Title
Health Improvement

sport development; health improvement; health promotion; health inequalities; social inclusion; public health

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedSeptember 2002
ApprovedJune 2010
AmendedSeptember 2015
Version No.2

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Prerequisites for Module

Successful completion of Stage 1 of the BSc (Hons) Applied Sport and Exercise Science course, or equivalent.

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

This module aims to increase awareness of health inequalities as well as the concepts of public health and health improvement and the role of sport and exercise therein. The module will seek to introduce students to key sociological perspectives of sport and exercise within society.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Identify and explain the concepts, theories and models of health and their influence on health promotion.
2. Explain the role of sport and exercise in health improvement.
3. Explain sociological perspectives regarding the role of sport and exercise for health.
4. Identify and describe the main challenges of applying health improvement to different population groups in society.
5. Identify existing health improvement policies and compare their effectiveness to date.

Indicative Module Content

Theories and models of health promotion; principles and approaches to sport development; social policy and health; health inequalities; Sociological perspectives; needs assessment and stages of planning; evaluation of health development/improvement initiatives; sport, exercise and physical activity policies; effect of sport, exercise and physical activity on health, well-being and quality of life; Motivators and barriers to participation; The impact of different societal influences on motivators and barriers; Review the health and wellbeing of populations; Behaviour change; Global health concerns.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full Time

Directed Study



Private Study



Mode of Delivery

Lectures and tutorials supported by directed and private study.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2,3,4,5


Indicative Bibliography

1.SCRIVEN, A., EWLES, L. & SIMNETT, I., 2010. Promoting health: a practical guide. 6th ed. Edinburgh: Bailliere Tindall.
2.NAIDOO, J. & WILLS, J., 2009. .Foundations for Health Promotion. 3rd ed. Edinburgh: Bailliere Tindall.
3.KIGAR, A., 1995. Teaching for health. 2nd ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
4.EGGER, G., SPARK, R., LAWSON, J. & DONOVAN, R., 1999. Health promotion strategies and methods. Sydney: McGraw-Hill.
5.NUTBEAM, D. & HARRIS, E., 1999. Theory in a nutshell: a guide to health promotion theory. Rosevelle, NSW: McGraw-Hill.

Additional Notes

A pass will not normally be awarded for this module unless the student has attended a minimum of 80% of all learning opportunities.

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