Information on individual educational components (ECTS-Course descriptions) per semester

Degree programme: Bachelor Health Care and Nursing
Type of degree: FH Bachelor´s Degree Programme
Winter Semester 2022

Course unit title Public Health
Course unit code 081611030902
Language of instruction German
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Compulsory
Semester when the course unit is delivered Winter Semester 2022
Teaching hours per week 3
Year of study 2022
Number of ECTS credits allocated First Cycle (Bachelor)
Number of ECTS credits allocated 3
Name of lecturer(s) Lena ANTONI, Jürgen BACHMANN, Michaela BURTSCHER, Andrea KUCKERT-WÖSTHEINRICH, Christine POMIKAL, Alison THEMESSL-HUBER

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Nursing internship 1 and 2

Course content

Basic understanding and basic terms

  • Health determinants
  • Health reporting
  • Nursing reporting
  • Nursing epidemiology
  • Prevalence
  • Further development of the healthcare system with an international perspective

Health promotion and prevention including healthcare and health education

  • Health terms and understanding
  • Health theories and concepts
  • Factors that influence health
  • Models of health promotion
  • Health promotion in social systems and settings
  • Prevention - classification, objectives, methods
  • Self-help groups
  • Remit of care staff in health promotion
  • Selected model projects in health promotion with reference to nursing

Occupational medicine, ergonomics, handling physical stress and health risks
Disaster protection

Learning outcomes


  • will understand access to healthcare sciences and to healthcare and disease models
  • will be able to understand the principles of prevention and health promotion, healthcare and health education in a manner that conveys understanding
  • will be able to take into account knowledge from socioepidemiological research in health promotion and prevention within the scope of healthcare and nursing
  • will be able to understand and discuss academic publications of public health literature (in English)
  • will know and be able to evaluate options for reducing physical stress and other health risks at work

Planned learning activities and teaching methods


Assessment methods and criteria

Written examination and seminar paper



Recommended or required reading
  • Antonovsky, Aaron (1997): Salutogenesis. First edition. Tübingen: DGVT.
  • Federal Centre for Health Education et al. (2009): What keeps people healthy? Antonovsky's model of Salutogenesis - Discussion and Importance. Research and Practice in Health Promotion, extended edition. Cologne: BZgA.
  • Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung (Federal Centre for Health Education) (2011): Key terms in health promotion. Schwabenheim a.d. Selz: Peter Sabo-Verlag.
  • Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung (Federal Centre for Health Education) (2013): health promotion documents Duisburg: Peter Sabo-Verlag.
  • Franke, Alexa (2016): Models of Health and Disease. Bern: Hans Huber.
  • Gutzwiller, Felix; Paccaud; Fred, Abel, Thomas (2011): Social and Preventative Medicine, Public Health. Bern: Hans Huber.
  • Hurrelmann, Klaus; Kolip Petra (2002): Gender, Health and Disease. Bern: Hans Huber.
  • Hurrelmann, Klaus; Klotz, Theodor; Haisch, Jochen (2014), Textbook on Prevention and Health Promotion. Bern: Hans Huber.
  • Mielck, Andreas (2005): Social Inequality and Health. An Introduction to the Current Discussion. Bern: Hans Huber.
  • Mielck, Andreas; Bloomfield, Kim (2001): Social Epidemiology. Munich: Juventa.
  • Richter, Matthias; Hurrelmann, Klaus (2009): Social Inequality. Principles, Problems, Perspectives. Second edition. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag.
  • Robert Koch Institut; Neuhauser, Hannelore; Razum, Oliver (2008): Migration and Health. Report on Health Reporting in Germany. Berlin: Robert Koch Institute.
  • Schwartz, Friedrich Wilhelm et al. (2012): Public Health: Health and the Healthcare Sector. Third edition. Munich: Urban & Fischer.
  • Wydler, Hans (2010), Salutogenesis and a Feeling of Coherence, Fourth edition. Weinheim: Juventa.


Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)

Face-to-face course