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Main goal of this module is to acquire knowledge and skills on processes and strategies enabling people to increase control over, and improve their health, in a broader context than before in this master. It encompasses issues related to education, health services, employment, government, the media, industry, environmental agencies, and community networks. Students are required to integrate knowledge acquired in this and previous modules by developing a comprehensive strategic plan aimed at promoting health on a particular issue, setting or community. For this they will work on a public health issue of choice in a small project group with frequent expert supervision and exchanges with fellow students. Reflection on the meaning, impact and boundaries of health promotion interventions is started by a discussion of Juli Zeh’s novel ‘Corpus Delicti’. The discussion is furthered by critical reading of several articles on ethical issues such as social equity, state control, self- regulation, public-private partnership, individual autonomy, stigmatization. Students should become able debaters promoting their views and plans to different audiences. To shape these skills, they prepare for a debate in what is called ‘the argument game’, in which they defend a position in favour of a public health approach. Choice of subjects comes from situations in which the prevention paradox is apparent, when individual risk is low but when effective prevention in deemed generic. The module will be assessed with a group paper and two individual papers.
The general aim of the module Health Promotion is to obtain knowledge of Health Promotion in the context.
Green, L.W. & Kreuter, M.W. (2006). Health Promotion Planning; an Educational and Environmental Approach. Fourth Edition; Mayfield Publishing Company, Mountain View. Nutbeam, D. & Harris, E. (eds) (2004). Theory in a nutshell: a guide to health promotion theory. Sydney, Australia: McGraw-Hill Book Company. Furthermore, an extensive list of suggested readings will be provided.