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community health development

Introduction to community health development

Community health development has never been more crucial. There is a growth of physical, mental and social health and wellbeing challenges among the general population, at the same time that the National Health Service is facing overwhelming demand. There is a real need to grow an educated and trained workforce that deals in health promotion and ill health prevention, which are at the heart of community health development.

This course will introduce the basic elements of community health development, including:

  • Contextual elements; such as the policy background, health inequalities, and key settings within a community for health development.
  • Theoretical elements; such as a life-course approach to health and wellbeing, and theories for health promotion and behaviour change.
  • Applied elements; such as social prescribing for health and wellbeing, working with specialist populations and key employability skills.

The course is for anyone interested in and looking to learning more about how to develop happier and healthier communities.

The course will be taught through a series of interactive workshops, which will include the delivery of lecture slides, class discussions and group work. This will be supported by guided independent reading and tasks, as well as individual tutorials as appropriate and the provision of online materials via the virtual learning environment.

What you will study

  • A community-centred approach to health and wellbeing: Policy background
  • Health inequalities in a community setting
  • Community settings for health development
  • Community Care Hubs
  • A life-course approach to health and wellbeing
  • Key theories for health promotion and behaviour change
  • Social prescribing
  • Working with specialist populations
  • Managing community health projects
  • Link working and care navigation


During the course of the module, students will complete a portfolio of work, including:

  • A Moodle forum relating to the rationale for and challenges associated with community health development.
  • A poster for a community health development intervention for a specific population.
  • A reflective essay considering the skills needed to work in community health development and the extent to which this matches the student’s skill set.

The elements of the portfolio might be subject to change to reflect any new developments in community health development.


20 credits, Level 4

Course Dates



Wrexham Glynd┼Ár University



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