NMHS42680 Public Health Nursing: A Lifespan Approach

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module explores the health of individuals and populations across the lifespan. Family and age related development is examined in terms of the theories and psychological factors that influence health and related social issues. The module focuses on the development of competence in two key aspects of the public health nurse’s role: the assessment of child health and development, and the assessment and care of older people living in the community. Issues associated with other age groups are also considered. The pivotal role of the public health nurse as a key professional in community health is examined throughout the module.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the module, the student should be able to:

1. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the comprehensive assessment of child health and development using the National Healthy Childhood Programme, national policy and evidence informed literature.
2. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the comprehensive assessment of the health needs of adults and the older person empowering them to make decisions concerning their health and wellbeing.
3. Develop, implement and evaluate care plans, health education and health promotion strategies and interventions across the lifespan.
4. Critically analyse public health nursing case management of individuals and families, working in partnership and in collaboration with individuals, families, carers and communities
5. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of interdisciplinary and integrated care teams to maximise contribution to health and wellbeing across the lifespan.

Indicative Module Content:

Human development across the lifespan
Child development
Infant mental health
Infant feeding
Health promotion in child health
Assessment of the adult and older person
Health promotion for adults and the older person

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Small Group


Seminar (or Webinar)


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Online and in person lectures
Groupwork and peer feedback
Clinical Skills
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Additional Information:
Students must be registered in the General Division of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland Register

Public Health Nursing: A Lifes (NMHS40710), Public Health Nursing: A Lifes (NURS40710)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Completion and submission of an academic electronic portfolio (eportfolio) Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


Assignment: Completion of an assignment based on the module content Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Alternative non-linear conversion grade scale 50% Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Self- assessment activities including HSeLanD/ National Healthy Childhood Programme modules will be completed throughout the trimester.

Name Role
Ms Regina Lennon Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Catriona O'Daly Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Miss Niamh Vickers Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 3 Mon 09:00 - 11:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 5 Mon 09:00 - 13:00
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 2, 4, 7 Mon 10:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - -1, 14 Mon 10:00 - 16:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 0, 9 Mon 10:00 - 16:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1 Mon 10:00 - 16:50