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:

  • 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

PRESCRIBED MODULES:

Mod Code Description Sem
 Core Modules  
PSYC858H1Person is the Professional (16cps)1
PPSYC814H2Research Methods in Psychology (16cps)2
PSYC815H0Health Promotion: Practice (32cps)Year module
PSYC813H0Planning & Evaluation of HP Interventions (32cps)Year module
PSYC8SDH0Short Dissertation (96cp)Year module
   

Closing Date for Health Promotion is 30th September 2019

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