HCR5001 Public Health Report
As part of the formal assessment for the programme you are required to prepare a Public Health report. Please refer to your Student Handbook for full details of the programme assessment scheme and general information on preparing and submitting assignments.
After completing the module, you should be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and principles underpinning modern public health.
2. Examine key elements and evaluate the quality of public health Interventions.
3. Examine and apply tools and evidence to make judicial decisions to address a public health problem.
4. Demonstrate the ability to conduct an evaluation of the effectiveness of a public health intervention on a topic and make recommendations to address identified problems.
Graduate attributes: Responsible Global Citizenship
5. Understand global issues and their place in a globalised economy, ethical decision making and accountability. Adopt self-awareness, openness and sensitivity to diversity in culture.
Maximum word count: 4,000 words
This assignment is worth 100% of the marks for the module.
Poor mental health among young people is a major public health concern in the United Kingdom (UK). Identify a public health intervention in the UK of your choice that addresses mental health issues in young people. Use this to answer the following questions.
1. Discuss the concepts and principles of modern public health that underpin the intervention you have chosen.
(40 marks) (LO1)
The adolescent and young adult ages are viewed as the peak ages for the initial onset of mental illness among adults. Three-quarters of adults with diagnosable psychological issues will have experienced their first signs of poor mental health by 24 years. In young adulthood, there is a substantial rise in depression, self-harm, eating disorders, and anxiety, affecting young women than young men along with severe psychological diagnoses like personality disorders and psychosis (Khan, 2016). These diagnosable conditions tend to yield impairment in the long-run, which could escalate over time and upturn the likelihood of distress life course. This comprises school failure, unsteady employment, poor social, and family functioning. Research on wellbeing advocates that mental ill-health is a vital contributor to successive life satisfaction, physical health education success, and incomes (Layard 2013, p4). Substantial evidence reveals that mental problems that first develop in adolescence have higher chances of persistence into the young adult ages if not rapidly contained and treated. (McGorry et al. 2013, p34). Therefore, there is a need to contain and reduce any period of mental health illness in young adulthood through quick and reliable early interventions to prevent recurrence later in life.
2. Identify and explain the key elements of this public health intervention and how they would be evaluated (20 marks) (LO2)
3. Review the evidence that supports this intervention and determine if the intervention is considered effective or not. (20 marks) (LO3)
4 Describe one evaluation that has been carried out on this intervention and discuss recommendations for the invention from this evaluation. (20 marks) (LO4) (4000 words)
Development of academic skills:
You MUST underpin your analysis and evaluation of the key issues with appropriate and wide ranging academic research and ensure this is referenced using the AU Harvard system. The My Study Skills Area contains the following useful resources:
Guide to Harvard Referencing
Guide to Harvard Citation
You must use the AU Harvard Referencing method in your assignment.