Welfare, Wellbeing and Health

The details
Health and Social Care (School of)
Southend Campus
Undergraduate: Level 4
Tuesday 22 April 2025
Friday 27 June 2025
08 March 2024


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC B740 Nursing (Adult),
BSC B740CO Nursing (Adult),
BSC B742 Nursing (Adult) (Including Year Abroad),
BSC B742CO Nursing (Adult) (Including Year Abroad),
BSC B760 Nursing (Mental Health),
BSC B760CO Nursing (Mental Health),
BSC B762 Nursing (Mental Health) (Including Year Abroad),
BSC B762CO Nursing (Mental Health) (Including Year Abroad)

Module description

The recognition of the political, social and environmental determinants of health and wellbeing require nurses to challenge health inequalities and discrimination. This underpins the fundamentals of health promotion and protection.

A critical public health perspective means that there is a need for students to be aware of and identify how political and social structures can have consequences for health and well-being. A developing understanding of these principles can be applied to health promotion and screening to improve the health of the diverse communities that nurses will be caring for.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To recognise how and why political, social and demographic factors determine the physical and mental health and wellbeing of communities, groups and individuals.

  • To promote health and well-being by challenging the dominant assumption that health and illness are choices and responsibilities solely held by the individual.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an awareness of the legal frameworks and legislation that contribute to the welfare, well-being, and health of people and communities.

  2. Demonstrate an awareness of how political decisions and social determinants have discriminatory consequences for people’s welfare, well-being, and health.

  3. Demonstrate knowledge of epidemiology, demography, genomics, and the wider determinants of health, illness, and wellbeing, and consider how research from these disciplines is used to construct policy.

  4. Apply the aims and principles of health promotion, protection, and improvement when engaging with people.

  5. Reflect upon people’s values and beliefs, diverse backgrounds, cultural characteristics, language requirements, needs, and preferences, taking account of any need for adjustments so that they may have fair and equitable access to welfare, well-being, and health services.

  6. Provide information in accessible ways to help people to make informed decisions about their own health and well-being.

  7. Explain the principles, practices and evidence base for health screening programmes.

Module information

  • Political, social and demographic determinants of health and wellbeing in the context of public health, health economics, and epidemiology.

  • Political, social, and demographic determinants of health and wellbeing in the context of public health, health economics, and epidemiology.

  • Health and well-being consequences of social policies and political choices (such as austerity, taxation, regional investment, housing, education, welfare, etc.) and demographic and social factors (such as age, ethnicity, class, occupation, income, disability, etc.).

  • Introduction to health promotion programmes.

  • Introduction to health screening programmes.

  • Introduction to the integration of health and social care services across sectors, agencies, and contexts.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • Lectures and flipped classroom:
    Students will engage in interactive lectures introducing the determinants of health, wellbeing and welfare delivered by keynote speakers, researchers and practitioners. Lectures will also introduce principles of public health, health promotion and health screening with associated examples. Between taught days, flipped classroom activities will introduce concepts through reading, video, and digital stories to prepare students for seminars and tutorials.
  • Seminars and tutorials:
    Small group activities that enable students to compare and reflect upon evidence from people with lived experience, citizens, service users, research and policy to examine the extent to which determinants perpetuate or contribute to inequalities in health and wellbeing, and access to services.
  • Students will also engage in classroom-based simulation to introduce techniques of sharing information and supporting informed, shared decision-making in health promotion, recognising people’s diverse backgrounds and adjustments required to access information.



Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

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Module supervisor and teaching staff



External examiner

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Further information

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