Health Promotion and Modern Prevention
Course code
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Course title in Estonian
Tervisedendus ja kaasaegne ennetus
Course title in English
Health Promotion and Modern Prevention
ECTS credits
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lecturer of 2023/2024 Autumn semester
Not opened for teaching. Click the study programme link below to see the nominal division schedule.
lecturer of 2023/2024 Spring semester
Not opened for teaching. Click the study programme link below to see the nominal division schedule.
Course aims
Students will get an understanding of
 health promotion and modern prevention in universal and selective level
 determinants of health and health behaviour and
 knowledge how to affect health behaviour effectively.
Brief description of the course
The course introduces the concepts of holistic health and wellness from both an individual and community perspective, including the role of self-responsibility in relation to personal well-being and social factors that influence health. Topics will focus on several dimensions of health and wellness. A study of determinants of health behavior, factors influencing health behavior are examined. The course introduces the learner to concepts fundamental to Health Education and to a larger extent, health promotion. Students will be introduced to health education philosophy and principles for changing health behavior. The course focuses on a critical examination of concepts and research regarding behavior change with individuals and health organizations. Students will be encouraged to apply this knowledge in their personal lives. Best practices in health education and promotion will be discussed. The course will provide students with an integrated understanding and tools to support behavior change at multiple levels: individual, organizational, community and system.
Main topics: Health and health promotion concepts. Evidence-based health promotion and health education. Universal, selective and determined prevention levels. Health determinants. National health strategies. Strategies of planning, implementing, coordinating and evaluating health promotion activities. Community health. Empowerment and wellbeing. Examples of quantitative and qualitative research in health promotion and health education: Health behavior. ESPAD etc. Best practices in Health Promotion and Health Education. Needs assessment, evaluation. The role of media in health behavior. Health promotion in communities, Coordinated School Health (HPS), HPK, HPW.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- describes theoretical background to the concepts and principles of health promotion, is able to choose effective ones;
- knows basics how to affect determinants of physical, mental and social well being;
- is able to make a difference between Health Promotion and Health Education; universal and selective prevention;
- understands the critical role of the research process and its application in the development of knowledge and best practice in health promotion;
- is able to explain the main principles of health promotion planning, management, implementation and evaluation;
- knows most important health promotion and health education organizations on international and local level having a picture of their activities (Policies, strategies, action plans).
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