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Evaluate current priorities in public health, the management of challenges and solutions, and the major stakeholders and partnerships involved
HCR7013 Contemporary Challenges in Public Health
Date for Submission: Please refer to the timetable on ilearn
(The submission portal on ilearn will close at 14:00 UK time on the date of submission)
As part of the formal assessment for the programme you are required to submit a Contemporary Challenges in Public Health assignment. 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:
Evaluate current priorities in public health, the management of challenges and solutions, and the major stakeholders and partnerships involved.
Analyse the impact of social, political, cultural, economic and environmental factors on contemporary public health needs from local, national and international perspectives.
Apply models, strategies and interventions in real-world public health applications.
Evaluate strategies for tackling contemporary public health issues to be presented to specific audiences.
(Graduate Attribute) Effective Communication demonstrated through oral presentation of simulated pitch and project portfolio targeted at specific stakeholder, presenting public health issues and solutions with clarity, self-awareness, and sensitivity to diversity at local, national, and international levels
Your assignment should include: a title page containing your student number, the module name, the submission deadline and the exact word count of your submitted document; the appendices if relevant; and a reference list in AU Harvard system.
You should address all the elements of the assignment task listed below. Please note that tutors will use the assessment criteria set out below in assessing your work.
You must not include your name in your submission because Arden University operates anonymous marking, which means that markers should not be aware of the identity of the student. However, please do not forget to include your STU number.
Maximum word count: No maximum word count, 20-minute limit for presentation.
Please refer to the full word count policy which can be found in the Student Policies section here:
Arden University | Regulatory Framework
This assessment is worth 70% of the marks for the module.
The assessment will take the form of a pitch presentation and a short abstract summarising the pitch (approx. 150 words). Students will be required to use the World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Health Observatory (GHO - https://
www.who.int/data/gho) to identify one major current global public health issue that has data available on the GHO. The topic should be current and relevant to the material covered in this module.
The task is to put together a 20-minute pitch in the form of a PowerPoint pitch presentation for a government or policy official of any country of choice. The main goal of the pitch will be to advocate for the public health issue in order to convince the government official to act e.g., with a public health initiative or policy change.
The presentation must include:
What the issue is that needs to be addressed and some background information.
Why it is important to address this issue and why now.
A data component where some data collected from the WHO GHO is used – e.g., a graph and at least one statistical test.
What could be done to tackle the issue e.g., propose a public health initiative and/or policy change.
Challenges the government official may encounter and how these can be overcome.
Summary of a proposed project plan / public health intervention.
(Presentation: 90 marks (abstract 10 marks, slides: 40 marks, oral presentation: 40 marks))
There will also be a 10-minute Q&A session with a panel following the presentation.
(Q&A: 10 marks) (20 minutes time limit) (No limit on words) (100 marks) (LOs: 1,2,3,4 & 5)
End of questions
You have the opportunity to submit a draft deck of PowerPoint slides to receive formative feedback.
The feedback is designed to help you develop areas of your work and it helps you develop your skills as an independent learner.
If you are a distance learning student, you should submit your work, by email, to your tutor, no later than 2 weeks before the actual submission deadline. If you are a blended learning student, your tutor will give you a deadline for formative feedback and further details.
Formative feedback will not be given to work submitted after the above date or the date specified by your tutor - if a blended learning student.
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.
Follow this link to find the referencing guides for your subject:
Assignments submitted late will not be accepted and will be marked as a 0% fail.
Your assessment can be submitted as a single Word (MS Word) or PDF file, or, as multiple files.
If you chose to submit multiple files, you must name each document as the question/part you are answering along with your student number ie Q1 Section A STUXXXX.
If you wish to overwrite your submission or one of your submissions, you must ensure that your new submission is named exactly the same as the previous in order for the system to overwrite it.
You must ensure that the submitted assignment is all your own work and that all sources used are correctly attributed. Penalties apply to assignments which show evidence of academic unfair practice. (See the Student Handbook which is available on the A-Z key information on iLearn.
Assessment Criteria (Learning objectives covered - all)
Level 7 is characterised by an expectation of students’ expertise in their specialism. Students are semi-autonomous, demonstrating independence in the negotiation of assessment tasks (including the major project) and the ability to evaluate, challenge, modify and develop theory and practice. Students are expected to demonstrate an ability to isolate and focus on the significant features of problems and to offer synthetic and coherent solutions, with some students producing original or innovative work in their specialism that is potentially worthy of publication by Arden University. A clear appreciation of ethical
considerations (as appropriate) is also a prerequisite.
Generic Assessment Criteria
Outstanding analysis of key issues and concepts/ outstanding development of conceptual structures and argument, making consistent use of scholarly conventions. Outstanding research skills, independence of thought, an extremely high level of intellectual rigour and consistency, exceptional expressive / professional skills, and outstanding creativity and originality. Outstanding academic/intellectual skills. Work pushes the boundaries of the discipline and demonstrates an awareness of relevant ethical considerations. Work may be considered for publication by Arden University.
Excellent analysis of key issues and concepts/ excellent development of conceptual structures and argument, making
consistent use of scholarly conventions. Excellent research skills, independence of thought, an extremely high level of intellectual rigour and consistency, exceptional expressive / professional skills, and substantial creativity and originality.
Excellent academic/intellectual skills. Work pushes the boundaries of the discipline and demonstrates an awareness of relevant ethical considerations. Work may be considered for publication by Arden University.
Very good level of competence demonstrated. High level of theory application. Very good analysis of key issues and concepts. Development of conceptual structures and argument making consistent use of scholarly conventions. Some evidence of original thought and a general awareness of relevant ethical considerations.
A good performance. A good knowledge of key issues and concepts. Fairly descriptive, with some analysis of existing scholarly material, and some argument development. Limited evidence of original thought. Some awareness of relevant ethical
considerations. Good professional skills (where appropriate).
A satisfactory performance. Basic knowledge of key issues and concepts. Generally descriptive, with restricted analysis of existing scholarly material and little argument development. Use of scholarly conventions inconsistent. The work lacks original thought.
Limited awareness of relevant ethical considerations. Satisfactory professional skills (where appropriate).
Limited research skills impede use of learning resources and problem solving. Significant problems with structure/accuracy in expression. Very weak academic / intellectual / professional skills. Limited use of scholarly conventions.
Errors in expression and the work may lack structure overall.
39% and below
A poor performance in which there are substantial gaps in knowledge and understanding, underpinning theory and ethical considerations. Little evidence of research skills, use of learning resources and problem solving.
Major problems with structure/ accuracy in expression. Professional skills not present. Very weak academic / intellectual / professional skills. No evidence of use of scholarly conventions