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Specialisation: Health Promotion

Specialisation: Health Promotion

Health promotion is one of the fundamental pillars of Public Health. Research in health promotion, deals with the knowledge and understanding of:

• building effective strategies and programmes to develop personal skills
• create supportive environments and strengthen community action
• build a healthy public policy and reorient health services

To understand and gain knowledge about health and its determinants researchers must deal with a wide range of public health problems and target populations of health promotion.

Therefore, the specialisation in Health Promotion will focus on developing the students’ knowledge of scientific methods enabling them to develop, lead and evaluate health promotion interventions and
programmes.

By the understanding of the current state of the art in international health promotion research the students will not only be able to work with different methods in health promotion research, but also to understand and discuss lines of development especially regarding scientific issues.

General purpose of the specialisation in Global Health

The aim of the specialisation is:

  • to develop and increase competency in research including analysis, development and implementation of health promotion programmes for different target groups and in different settings.
  • to enable students to understand and gain knowledge of theory-based approaches in health promotion and their development by systematic investigations.
  •  to promote the students’ ability to attain a critical understanding of social and political, psychological and sociological theories.

The students will:

  • gain knowledge and the ability to analyse health problems, identify and apply basic principles of research and evaluation on an individual, a group and an organisational level.
  • gain an understanding of intervention strategies in health promotion on a setting-based approach.
  • learn to identify and understand the resources but also the barriers and obstacles facing health promotion in practice.
  • learn to work with scientific methods to independently develop ideas for research and with their master's project develop a theoretically founded scientific report.
  • learn to analyse the theories in health promotion and develop skills for the analysis and the evaluation of policies, strategies and programmes in international health promotion with scientific techniques.

As health promotion focuses not only on the individual in the group, but also the organisation or the population, the challenge is to adapt participatory methods and strategies to specific settings and health problems. To this end the students will attain knowledge concerning issues that are discussed in the current development of health promotion research.

With a specialisation in Health Promotion students will be prepared for leadership careers as public health professionals in institutions, organisations, companies or government and on a local, regional, national or international level.

Teaching strategy

The teaching strategy will be firmly based on the TBL-approach (team-based learning) and active learning methods.

By working in groups and with problems and cases, the ability of students to learn about and deal with health promotion problems will be enhanced and will provide them with advanced knowledge in health promotion research.

The different courses consist of group work oriented TBL-sessions that deal with cases and accompanying lectures.

Besides the promotion of a deeper and more intensive understanding of the different subjects in the modules, the students will have the opportunity to develop personal skills in moderating and presenting health-related topics.

By using this student-focused approach, the students will engage in a typical interdisciplinary and intersectoral kind of work in health promotion and health promotion research.

As health promotion on a professional level often means working in groups, the students will be encouraged to strengthen practical skills for problem-solving in groups and in dealing with group processes as they appear in practical health promotion and research.