General Guidance

Your assignment should be word processed (handwritten assignments are not accepted), using time new roman size 12 font, double spaced, with numbered pages and your student number printed as a footer on every page.

The word limits stated for this assignment excludes the reference list at the end of the assignment but includes all text in the main body of the assignment (including direct quotations, in-text citations, footnotes, tables, diagrams and graphs).

Please be aware that exceeding the word count limit will affect the academic judgement of the piece of work and may result in the award of a lower mark.

Appendices are not considered a supplement, and thus, will not be assessed as part of the content of the assignment. As such, they will not contribute to the grade awarded, however it may be appropriate to use an Appendices section for any material which is a useful reference for the reader. Please note that appendices are not included in the word count.

The majority of references should come from primary sources (e.g., journal articles, conference papers, reports, etc.) although you can also utilise area specific textbooks.

Please indicate the word count length at the end of your assignment

Assessment Guidelines Topic

Critically discuss the public health approach to population health

You can use the sources below as indicative/recommended reading for preparation, however, the main research around the topic area should be done independently and show that you are able to synthesize information from various valid academic resources to answer the specific essay question.

  • It is advisable to use the allocated grade for each section of the assessment to guide the proportion of the word count devoted to each section. More discussions will be expected in the sections that constitute more of your grades
  • Make sure your discussions are supported by appropriate research evidence through references cited properly in-text and in the list of references using the Harvard Referencing Style guide
  • Engagement with primary research activities, including data collection is strictly not allowed for any assignment on this module
  • Follow the formatting requirements described in the assessment brief, use headings and subheadings to structure and navigate the content

Recommended reading

Thorpe, A., Griffiths, S. & Adshead, F. (2008) The Three Domains of Public Health: An internationally relevant basis for Public Health education. Public Health, Vol 122(2), p. 201-210. Online: Available at

Karkee, R. (2014) Institutionalising of public health. J. Nepal Health Res. Counc. 2014 Dec 12(28):205-7.

Brownson, R.C., Fielding, J.E., & Maylahn, C.M. (2009) Evidence-based public health: A fundamental concept for Public Health practice. Annu. Rev. Public Health online. Available at:

Perdiguero, E. et al (2001) History of health, a valuable tool in public health. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health Vol 55 (9) (online). Available


Your work should include and cover the following sections/aspects and content (as shown and stated in the table below). The specific percentage marks allocated to each section/aspect of your work is stated below. Please also note that the Level 7 marking criteria (located towards the end of this assessment brief) will also be used to reflect this overall grade. Please remember that achievement and demonstration of the learning outcome 1 is being assessed in this assessment.

Your work should include and cover the                            following sections/aspects and content (as shown and stated in the table below). The specific percentage marks allocated to each section/aspect of your     work     is     stated     below. Section/aspectContent to coverMarks available
IntroductionAn introduction to the assignment that establishes the importance of public health. Relevant information should aim to provide an overview of public health i.e with regards to the prevention of communicable and non- communicable diseases and introduce one of the followings: the three domains of public health,history of public health,institutionalising public health,evidenced-based public health.15 Marks
DiscussionBy using the approach you have chosen in your introduction critically discuss the public health approach in your own country.30 Marks
ImplicationsIdentify and support with evidence what are the sociocultural norms, political and ethical barriers in relation to good public health practices.30 Marks
ConclusionEffective summary of key points of your essay            10 Marks
Presentation and ReferencingHigh quality presentation that conforms to principles of academic writing and contains minimal errors in sentence construction, grammar and punctuation. The assignment followed appropriate academic conventions regarding in- text citations and referencing.15 Marks

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