Public Health

  • code 08603
  • course 2
  • term Semester 1
  • type OB
  • credits 4

Module: Module II: Fundamentals of Care II

Matter: General Community Nursing

Main language of instruction: Spanish

Other languages of instruction: Catalan

 Sem.1  TU 12:00 14:00 
 Sem.1  TH 12:00 14:00 

Teaching staff

Head instructor

Dra. Laia WENNBERG -

Office hours


Blanca Goñi -->

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Public health is the science that is responsible for ensuring the health of the population. Along with other areas of knowledge in health sciences such as epidemiology, biostatistics and research, includes aspects related to the prevention of disease, promotion and protection of health, as well as its improvement and restoration, both group level and the population.

In this course students will be able to make a solidarity practicum carrying out voluntary activities in NGOs or foundations (places are limited). At the beginning of the course students will receive information about the selection process and their various possibilities.

 The solidarity project of the UIC is an integral, formative experience that promotes the acquisition of skills for personal development (such as responsibility, social commitment, service capacity, etc.).

Pre-course requirements

No prerequisites are required.


  • Know how to identify aspects that influence population health, prevention of disease and the promotion of healthy habits and lifestyles.
  • Be able to design, plan and analyze strategies for disease prevention and health promotion in different health care settings and population groups.

Learning objectives in solidarity practicum:

  • Develop commitment to their own values .
  • Develop the ability to make ethically informed choices.
  • Cultivate a sense of responsibility one's own conduct and behavior.
  • Develop the ability to think for themselves.
  • Improve their ability to communicate, with special emphasis on listening.
  • Improve their ability to organize and use time effectively.
  • Develop their commitment to exercise their rights and responsibilities as a citizen, actively and willingly contributing to social, economic and environmental improvement.


  • 10. B - Protecting the health and welfare of individuals or groups by ensuring their safety.
  • 11. E - Establish effective communication with patients, families, social groups and partners and promote health education.
  • 13. G - Know the principles of health-care funding and use resources appropriately.
  • 16. G - Know the health information systems.
  • 1. G - Ability to provide technical and professional health care appropriate to the health needs of the people they treat, with full technical and scientific autonomy, according to current and available scientific knowledge and to the quality standards and safety requirements set forth in the applicable legal standards and code of ethics.
  • 24. G - Ability to work autonomously.
  • 2. E - Plan and provide nursing care for individuals or groups, taking health outcomes into account and their impact, through guidelines for clinical practice and care, which describe the four processes by which a health problem is diagnosed or treated.
  • 3. E - Know and apply the theoretical and methodological foundations and principals of nursing.
  • 4. B - Understand the interactive behavior of the person according to their gender, group or community, within their social and multicultural context.
  • 5. G - Design systems of care programed for people or groups, assessing their impact and making necessary modifications.
  • 6. E - Base nursing care on scientific evidence and available resources.
  • 9. E - Promote healthy lifestyles, self-care, as well as the maintenance of therapeutic and preventive behaviors.
  • 21. B - Oral and written communication.
  • 12. B - Know and observe the ethical code of conduct of Spanish nursing, understanding the ethical implications of health in a changing global context.
  • 17. E - Perform nursing care based on comprehensive health care, which involves multidisciplinary cooperation, integration of processes and continuity of care.

Learning outcomes

Students should be able to

  • Describe the determinants of individual and collective health.
  • Assess the health needs of the population in terms of biological, psychological, social, cultural and environmental aspects.
  • Describe and analyze strategies to improve individual and collective health.
  • Assess existing prevention measures to improve the health of populations.


I. Introduction to public health nursing

Item 1. Public health: concept and applications in nursing.

Item 2. Health demographics. Measurement of the level of health.

Item 3. Determinants of health.

Item 4. Concepts of epidemiology.

Item 5. Measurement of phenomena in health.

Item 6. Evidence-based nursing.


II. Health promotion and disease prevention

Item 7. Prevention levels. Communicable and non-communicable diseases.

Item 8. The new model of patient, literacy in health and salutogenesis. Health promotion and health education.

Item 9. Risky behaviours and addictions. Injuries from external causes. Occupational Health.

Item 10. Planning public health programmes.

Item 11. Evaluation of public health programmes through qualitative methodology.


III. Organization and management of health services

Item 12. Health management. Quality of care and patient safety.

Item 13. Health economics.

Item 14. Managing a public health crisis




Teaching and learning activities

Theory classes with exercises, case methods and group work are combined.

Mater Class
Critical Reading
Project Based Learning
Group Tutorials
Virtual Learning
10. B 11. E 13. G 16. G 1. G 24. G 2. E 3. E 4. B 5. G 6. E 9. E 4

Evaluation systems and criteria

The course will be evaluated by:

Final project 35% --> 20% work, 5% peer assessment of the working team and 5% teachers assessment of the oral presentation and 5% peer evaluation of oral presentation by another group.

Final exam (35%) of the contents of the course including open-ended questions and multiple-choice questions.

Activities of continuous evaluation 30% --> 25% will consist of discussions and activities in class and 5% of the evaluation role of the oral presentation group.

In order to pass the course it is necessary to have a minimum grade of 5 in each of the evaluative activities, except in the activities of continuous evaluation.

In the case of failing the evaluation it will be possible to take a second chance, except in the case of continuous evaluation.


First resit: final exam on the contents of the subject. 

For students who perform the solidarity practicum in this course:

The overall grade of the assessment of the course (mentioned above) will count 85% of the total and that of the solidarity practicum, 15%. It is an indispensable requirement to apply these percentages, having previously approved the overall grade of the course evaluation. The student must inform the Student Service in which course he wants to apply the solidarity practicum at the beginning of the course. There are limited places for the realization of the solidarity practicum in each course. The management of the solidarity practicum will be carried out from the Student Service.

The evaluation of the solidarity practicum will be carried out by the NGO or foundation where such practicums are carried out, and through the realization of a thoughtful journal. Students must attend training sessions prior to the realization of the solidarity practicum, led by the Student Service.

Honours qualification will not be awarded in any resit.


The final grade of this course will be modified by the non-attendance to any of the leadership tutoring of each semester in the following proportion: 0.5 points if missing in the 3 occasions; 0.4 points if you miss 2 tutorials and 0.3 points if you miss 1 tutorial. This rule will apply to pass students and will not be grounds for failing the course.

Bibliography and resources

Argimón JM, Jiménez J. Métodos de investigación clínica y epidemiológica. Madrid: Elsevier, 2004.

Daban F, Pasarín MI, Rodríguez-Sanz M, et al. Evaluación de la reforma de atención primaria: prácticas preventivas y desigualdades. Aten primaria, 2007; 39: 339-346.

Informe SESPAS 2004. La salud pública desde la perspectiva de género y clase social. Gaceta Sanitaria, 2004; 18 (supl.1).

Navarro-Rubio MD, Jovell AJ, Schor EL. Socioeconomic status and preventive health-care use by children in Spain. Am J Prev Med, 1995; 11: 256-262.

Piedrola Gil. Medicina preventiva y salud pública. Barcelona: Elsevier, 2008.

Royal College of Nursing. Nurses as partners in delivering public health. London: The Royal College of Nursisng, 2007.

World Health Organization. The world health report 2005. Make every mother and child count. Geneva: WHO, 2005.

Yach D, Hawkes C, Gould L, Hofman K. The global burden of chronic diseases. Overcoming impediments to prevention and control. JAMA 2004; 291: 2616-2622.


Agència de Salut Pública de Barcelona:

American Public Health Association:

Association of Public Health Observatories:

Escuela Nacional de Sanidad:

European Public Health Association:

Harvard School of Public Health:

Health Protection Agency:

Institute of Medicine:

Pan American Health Organization:

Public Health Agency of Canada:

World Health Organization:

Evaluation period

E: exam date | R: revision date | 1: first session | 2: second session:

  • E1 17/01/2020 08:00h
  • R1 15/02/2020 15:00h
  • E2 01/07/2020 08:00h
  • R2 15/07/2020 11:00h
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