Discipline of Psychology

Masters In Health Promotion

Masters In Health Promotion

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Course Description

This qualification is aimed at enabling graduates to apply their skills, knowledge and expertise in scientifically promoting positive health outcomes at an individual, organisational and community level.

The programme will develop advanced skills, knowledge and expertise in identifying the determinants of health behaviour; systematically planning and implementing health promotion interventions; evaluating and diffusing these interventions; designing and conducting health promotion research and articulating policy and legislative interventions in order to promote public health. The overall aim of the programme is to provide skills to health and development workers to provide specialist health promotion services, including research, policy and legislative interventions, to populations in need.

Participants are expected to meet the core learning requirements as set out in each module. In addition a review will be done of individual learning objectives to incorporate these into the course where possible.

The course in embedded in a constructivist philosophy of knowledge proposing that the mind does not merely receive and process information but actively constructs knowledge both individually and through the interaction with others. For this reason the following learning principles are included:

  • Bringing forth situated learning which will draw on the context that the participant either works in or hopes to work in
  • Problems based learning drawing on real-life problems observed by the participants or incorporated by the co-ordinator
  • Facilitating experience in the knowledge construction process where the outcome of learning is not merely to acquire knowledge and practical skills but also thinking and reflection skills.

Learners will become skilled at reflecting and evaluating their own performance and finding ways to improve it

  • Encouraging exposure to multiple perspectives which increase understanding by deconstructing different views
  • Participation in collaborative learning which takes place in a social context.
  • Actively deconstructing notions of power and the influence this has on both the learning process and the way in which knowledge and skills are applied in the workplace.

The module outlines provided would serve as a draft that will be revisited by the learners during the attendance block. It is viewed as a dynamic document that will accommodate the specific learning needs of the group. Final assessment will also be the product of both the learners and the facilitators in agreement with minimum standards of the university and school of psychology.

Learning Outcomes Of The Course:

  • Comprehensive understanding of the determinants of population health from a socio-economic and cultural perspective
  • Comprehensive understanding of the biological and psychosocial determinants of individual, interpersonal and organisational health behaviour
  • Increased knowledge of how the determinants of health could/should inform planned interventions, including public policy and legislation
  • Increased knowledge of the role of multiple agencies in producing health outcomes at national, regional and global levels
  • Enhanced competence in utilising health promotion strategies for producing planned behaviour change at individual and community levels
  • Improved knowledge of the processes and strategies pertinent to the diffusion of health promotion interventions
  • Improved understanding and expertise in conducting evaluations of a broad range of health campaigns and the impact of legislation
  • Improved expertise and skills in designing, conducting and reporting on health promotion research projects aimed at informing interventions

Study Blocks (Attendance Compulsory)

There are four study blocks in the year and each of which runs for a period three weeks in each term.


  • Applications close on 30th September 2019.
  • Application forms are available from:
  • School of Psychology, Howard College, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Durban 4001, South Africa
  • Contact: Ms. A. Ntuli Tel: (031) 260-3341, Email: Ntulia@ukzn.ac.za (Find application forms below)

Contact Details Of Staff:

Registration advisor: Ms Ayanda Ntuli *.27-31-260-3341 Ntulia@ukzn.ac.za

Course Co-ordinator: Prof Anna Meyer-Weitz and Mr Mthokozisi Hlengwa

Course Lecturers:

Guest Lecturers:

  • Prof Y. Sliep
  • Mr Anil Bhagwanjee


Mod Code Description Sem
 Core Modules  
PSYC812H1Theoretical Foundations of Health Promotion (16cps)1
PSYC811H1Ideology and Health (16cps)1
PSYC815HYHealth Promotion: Practice (32cps)Year module
PSYC814H2Research Methods in Psychology (16cps)2
PSYC813H2Planning and Evaluation (16cps) 2
PSYC8SDHYShort Dissertation: Psychology (96cps)Year module

Closing Date for Health Promotion is 30th September 2019

Down load application forms below:

  • For Application form for Masters in Health Promotions (Masters in Health Promotions Application 2019)
  • For Masters Referee Report (UKZN Health Promotions Referee Report 2019)
  • For Masters in Health Promotion Information (HP_Masters_Information_2019)
  • For Postgraduate forms (UKZN Postgraduate Application form)

Ideology and Health (First Semester)

Aim: To develop a critical understanding of the political economy of health that informs the ideological rationale for the project of regulating human (health) behaviour.

Content: The module is centrally concerned with an interrogation of epistemological and ideological issues in the regulation of human behaviour, contextualized in terms of theories of society and a critical approach to social change. ‘Health’ is understood within the context of global forces and imperatives, with the development agenda of the South being fore-grounded.

DP Requirements: Learners must submit all written work on time and must attend at least 80% of all lectures.

Assessment: Cumulative Assessment 50%; 2-hour written examination (50%)

Theoretical Foundations of Health Promotion (First Semester)

Aim: To facilitate a critical analysis of theories and models pertaining to Health Promotion, with specific reference to behaviour change at an individual, organisational and community level.

Content: A comprehensive review of the determinants of health behaviour will be conducted in conjunction with appropriate theories of health behaviour change at an individual, organisational and community level. This will be grounded in an understanding of the determinants of human behaviour and a consideration of the mechanisms of how behaviour is constructed, maintained, and how change occurs.

DP Requirements: Learners must submit all written work on time and must attend at least 80% of all lectures.

Assessment: Cumulative Assessment 50%; 2-hour written examination (50%)

Research Methods in Psychology (First Semester)

Aim: To equip learners with knowledge and skills in the epistemological foundations of research, and analysis and interpretation of data within both quantitative and qualitative frameworks.

Content: Areas covered include data collection techniques (e.g. focus groups, interviews and questionnaires), quantitative and qualitative data analysis and use of computer based data analyses/management systems.

DP Requirements: Learners must submit all written work on time and must attend at least 80% of all lectures.

Assessment: Cumulative Assessment 50%; 2-hour written examination (50%)

Planning and Evaluation of HP Interventions (Second Semester)

Aim: To enable learners to apply planning frameworks, tools and strategies in the development of health promotion interventions and to develop knowledge and skills for the systematic monitoring and evaluation of interventions.

Content: This module is concerned with the development of systematic approaches to planned behaviour change at individual, organisational and community levels. The systematic monitoring and evaluation of interventions with a consideration of process, impact and outcome evaluation methodologies will be studied. Particular attention is devoted to articulating behaviour change interventions with policy, regulatory, legislative and economic imperatives for health promotion.

DP Requirements: Learners must submit all written work on time and must attend at least 80% of all lectures.

Assessment: Cumulative Assessment 50%; 2-hour written examination (50%)

Health Promotion Practice (Year module)

Aim: The aim of the module is to assure learners’ ability to implement, disseminate, adopt and institutionalise innovations, including demonstrated ability in programme monitoring and evaluation

Content: Demonstration of effective practice pertaining to the planning, implementation and evaluation of health promotion interventions. This will require an integration of appropriate theories, methodologies and processes offered in the theoretical modules. The module is tailored to both the group and individual learning needs of the learners.

DP Requirements: Learners must submit all required written work on time.

Assessment: Cumulative Assessment 100%

Short Dissertation (Year Module- 50% of overall course)

Aim: To assure skills and expertise in designing and reporting on a sound research study where: the research problem is conceptualised clearly; appropriate theoretical and empirical literature is reviewed; methods of investigation, analysis, reporting and ethical considerations are elaborated and justified.

Content: Participants will submit a mini-dissertation entailing the research proposal, conducting of fieldwork, analysis and interpretation of data and scientific reporting under guidance of a supervisor.

DP Requirements: Students must submit a mini-dissertation and must attend at least 80% of scheduled supervision sessions