Principles & planning in Health Promotion


To know the principles of health promotion and to be able to apply them in practice, in the ground and at political level as well as in personal and community capacity building
To develop knowledge and understanding about mental health within the concept of Health Promotion.
To identify strategies for capacity-building in reducing inequities in health and in social integration of deprived groups.
To apply participatory planning using the PRECEDE-PROCEED model to a concrete issue
To be able to identify indicators of evaluation and impact of a specific intervention

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DICLEMENTE, R.J.; SALAZAR, L.F.; CROSBY, R.A. (2013) – Health behavior theory for public health. Principles,foundations, and applications. Burlington: Jones & Bartlett.
WHO (2004). Promoting Mental Health (concepts, emerging evidence, practice). Geneva, WHO.

GREEN, L.W.; KREUTER, M.W. (2005). Health Program Planning: an ecological and educational approach. N. Y.: MacGraw-Hill (4ª ed.).
LOUREIRO, I.; MIRANDA, N. (2010) – Promover a saúde: dos fundamentos à acção. Coimbra: Almedina.
WHO (1986). Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion. Ottawa, Canada: WHO. Health and
Welfare Canada.

Teaching method

 Lecturing followed by discussion
Applying Problem Based Learning methodology
To develop the understanding of the context and determinant factors of the issue to discuss potentialities and constraints for the development of synergies among different sectors in an all society approach, proposing strategies and policies .
Group dynamics and team work
Evaluation: 20% participation in class, 40% oral presentation of group work, 40% written presentation

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Subject matter

Historical evolution of health promotion. Values and principles
Different approaches to health: the pathogenic and the salutogenic paradigms
Mental health and mental disease  – Concepts and models.
Organization of Mental Health Services and use of the Law of Mental Health.
Community intervention and participation. Needs assessment
Participatory planning and evaluation of interventions in health promotion. The PRECEDE-PROCEED model
Health promotion and local power: social capital and networking


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