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The Greatest Wealth is Health

This course explores definitions and models of health, as well as the wider factors that affect an individual's health.

The Greatest Wealth is Health
  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    10 hours

This course encourages you to think about the meaning of health and consider holistic, medical and social approaches to it.

It is important that, as a nurse, you think critically about health and wellbeing and evaluate how your own values, beliefs and attitudes regarding the causes of, and ways to tackle, health inequalities may impact on your assumptions and approach to public health in everyday practice.

What topics will you cover?

  • Defining health and wellbeing
  • A critique of the medical model of health
  • Lay perspectives on health
  • The social model of health and social determinants of health
  • A salutogenic approach to health
  • Health inequality and health inequity
  • Explanations of the causes of health inequalities

Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Evaluate critically the contribution of lay, official and professional accounts of health as approaches to promoting public health
  • Discuss the importance of wellbeing to the public health agenda
  • Develop a critical understanding of the possible explanations for the causes of health inequalities
  • Assess the role of the nurse in working for health equity

Who is the course for?

If you are an experienced nurse wanting or needing to extend and develop your public health knowledge and skills, this course is for you.

Please note that the individuals detailed in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below, are current staff members and may be subject to change.

Who will you learn with?

A senior nurse specialising in the care of patients with renal and urological disorders. 20 years experience in education, including in South Africa. MSc Nursing Course Director online and on campus.

I am a Senior Lecturer in Nursing at Coventry University, where I teach public health, and a registered nurse, midwife and health visitor. I have an interest in child and family health and wellbeing.

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

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