Full Title:Health Policy and Legislation
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:TEMPCODE40
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:The module examines the effectiveness of, and limitations of the use of, legislation as a policy tool in the area of health promotion and health policy.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Recognise that public health legislation is the legal foundation that underpins current public health activities, including health promotion.
  2. Examine how the law has the potential to be used more broadly to underpin the key policy objectives of Public Health Policy.
  3. Interepret how legislation offers an organised response, imposing requirements to act in specified ways so as to minimise public health risks.
  4. Assess how public health legislation sets in law the standards, rules and powers used to preserve, protect and promote the public’s health.
  5. Define the role of legislation in inposing duties on bodies which are in a position to improve public health whilst provising protection against public health interventions that impinge on the human rights of individuals.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Public Health Policy Framework and exisitng public heath legislation
The Public Health Policy Framework for health and wellbeing of the whole population is Ireland’svision for a healthier population that is protected from public health threats, living in a healthier andmore sustainable environment, with increased social and economic productivity and greater socialinclusion. Existing public health legislation is the legal foundation that underpins current public health activities. These laws define the responsibilities of persons and the duties of government to act for the health of society.
The scope and definition of public heath law
It establish the purposes, goals and core functions of public health, the personnel andinfrastructure realistically needed to perform these functions, and budgeting mechanisms that will provide reliable levels of support Provide broad authority for the exercise of public health powers while at the same timelimiting that authority where necessary, for the protection of individual rights Serve as a tool for prevention, using a wide variety of legal means to create the conditionsenabling people to be healthy Facilitate planning and coordination of overall public health activities.
International developments in the modernisation of public health legislation
Support for a Health in All Policies (HiAP) approach A requirement to ensure compliance with the legally binding International Health Regulations (2005) Recognition of the need to modernise and consolidate health protection legislation to meet 21st Century threats The potential of legislation to serve as a tool for prevention; The will to clearly establish the purpose, goals and core functions of public health; The necessity of enabling information to be used for public health purposes; The development of regulatory frameworks for licensing, accreditation and quality control of public health services The development of model public health laws, and public health law frameworks.
Use of legislation as a prevention tool, covering modern public health threats
The concept of using legislation as a preventive tool to protect the public from public health risks has been well established internationally in relation to alcohol and tobacco. The potential for legislation to contribute to the protection of the public from other public health legislativeapproaches to dealing with obesity seeking to find an appropriate balance betweenprivate liberty and public health.initiatives that focus on children and adolescents.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Essay The student will complete an assignment which will involve consideration of the use of legislation as an appropriate policy response to an identified public health policy issue which is currently not subject to a regulatory approach 2,3,4,5 50.00 0 0 Week 7 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Directed Reading No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Study No Description 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Edited by Anne Brady 2010, Leadership & Management in the Irish Health Service, 1st Ed., 14, Gill and MacMillan Dublin [ISBN: 9780717146130]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Department of Health 2010, Your health is your wealth: A policy framework for a healthier Ireland 2012‐2020
  • Department of Health 2012, Technical supplement: A discussion paper on public health and the law, 80
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_NHAPA_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Health and Physical Activity 8 Mandatory