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Module NHS-3202:
Health Policy

Module Facts

Run by School of Health Sciences

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Dr Lorelei Jones

Overall aims and purpose

This module will enable the student to build upon the previously attained knowledge and develop a comprehensive understanding of and ability to critically analyse issues related to the development, dissemination and implementation of health and social care policy. Students will be able to develop a critical understanding of the influences on policy development including, devolved responsibilities, soical, cultural and global factors. This will enable students to critically apply their knowledge of heath and social care policy in relation to the concepts of health and well-being.

Course content

The content in this module will incude: attributes of health systems and health policy; policy development, dissemination and implementation; evaluation of health policy; governance and political accountability; politics of health policy; National and European comparrisons policy created under devolved powers; prudent health; co-producing health and well-being; influence of global policy on national policy; professional, media and public influences on policy development.

Assessment Criteria

C- to C+

C- to C+ Grade: Students are able to demonstrate a good knowledge and undersanding of the issues related to policy development, evaluation and implementation with the ability to analyse key issues.


B- to B+ Grade: Students are able to demonstrate a very good knowledge and undersanding of the issues related to policy development, evaluation and implementation with the ability to critically analyse key issues.


A- to A+ Grade: Students are able to demonstrate an excellent knowledge and undersanding of the issues related to policy development, evaluation and implementation with the ability to critically analyse and provide some synthesis of key issues.


D- to D+ Grade: Students are able to demonstrate knowledge and undersanding of the issues related to policy development, evaluation and implementation.

Learning outcomes

  1. Critically analyse the way in which global and political factor influence different approaches to national health policy.

  2. Critically analyse the way in which health and social care policy is communicated to populations and how the media shapes public perceptions.

  3. Critically analyse the impact and effectiveness of policy in securing health and well-being within the UK and Wales.

  4. Critically analyse the defining attributes of health systems and health policy to understand the way in which such policy contributes to health and well-being.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
GROUP PRESENTATION Seminar presentation and facilitation

strong text

ESSAY Health Policy Essay 70

Teaching and Learning Strategy


Tutorial - on request for supervision support

Private study

Private study - for reading and assignment preparation.


Lectures - 10 hours ( 1 hours per week over 10 weeks)


Seminars - 10 hours (1 hour per week over 10 weeks).


Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Mentoring - Able to support, help, guide, inspire and/or coach others
  • Caring - Showing concern for others; caring for children, people with disabilities and/or the elderly
  • Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
  • Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in


Resource implications for students

1. Access to IT/Blackboard for discussion boards, MCQ, and module resources. 2. Access to on-line library catalogues

Reading list

Baggott, R. (2010). Public Health Policy and Politics 2nd Edition. Basingstoke. Palgrave Macmillan.

Birrell, D. (2009). The Impact of Devolution on Social Policy. Bristol: Policy Press.

Birrell, D. (2012). Comparing Devolved Governance. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Crinson, I. (2009). Health Policy a Critical Perspective. London: Sage.

Dorey, P. (2014). Policy Making in Britain: An Introduction 2nd Edition. London: Sage Publications.

Ham, C. (2009). Health Policy in Britain. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

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