Single Module Level 7

Health and Vocational Behaviour (Level 7, 10 credits)

School of Health and Society




One semester

Next enrolment

January 2025


In a nutshell

This 10 credit module will provide you with knowledge of a range of influences on health behaviour and the relationships between work, health and wellbeing, as well as a critical understanding of the use of digital data in health behaviour change all within a prosthetics and orthotics context.



You will:

  • gain advanced understanding of biopsychosocial mechanisms of health behaviour and the impact of environmental factors on behaviour patterns
  • have the opportunity to select, apply and critically appraise the use of digital data in eliciting health behaviour change
  • develop advanced skills in analysing complex digital datasets systematically and creatively to describe patterns of a range of health and vocational behaviours in P&O context
Course details

All about the course

Digital data in health and vocational behaviour

How apps and data integration software support lifestyle management

Self-management of activity and participation, and self-help groups online


Environmental and psycho-social influences on health behaviour

Built environment – workplace issues, transport, home.

Factors that affect engagement with opportunities to self-manage/engage in health promotion programmes


In P&O (prosthetics and orthotics) and LMIC (lower and middle-income countries)

Workplace and accessibility in P&O

Social stigma of assistive devices

And how these differ in developed and developing world contexts

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

The instructional strategy will be the Flipped Classroom model and blended learning approach, facilitated through online platforms e.g. Blackboard, YouTube and a webinar.


This module will be assessed via submission of a 2,000 word project plan consisting an exploration of research methods, data collection and analysis, ethical and wider issues with the aim of impacting health behaviour of P&O users.

The School of Health and Society

The School of Health and Society is a forward-thinking, dynamic school with a commitment to lifelong learning and real world impact.

Our courses are informed by the latest research and we work closely with organisations from both the public and private sector to ensure our teaching is at the forefront of practice.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

This module will equip you with advanced critical knowledge and application of research/inquiry methods in health and vocational behaviour, alongside due consideration of research, clinical governance and ethics frameworks at national and local levels.


Career Links

As a school, we work with over 100 health and social care organisations so our links with industry are very strong. These relationships will be of direct benefit to you because our academic team work in practice in some of these organisations at a senior level so are able to keep you at the forefront of developments in the sector which in turn help you provide a better service.


What you need to know

This module is aimed at individuals with a relevant degree as outlined below and an interest to develop their understanding of health and vocational behaviour within the Prosthetics and Orthotics context and/or those working towards developing a research proposal for a postgraduate level degree e.g. MRes/PhD/DProf.

    Entry requirements

    Previous study and experience

    Applicants are normally expected to achieve either:

    1. a minimum of an upper-second class honours degree from an undergraduate course in an appropriate physical or biological science, science, mathematics or engineering


    1. a clinical qualification related to prosthetics, orthotics and the other relevant allied health disciplines, with additional evidence of skills in engineering and physical sciences (e.g. biomechanics, human gait)

    Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

    We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

    The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

    Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

    How much?

    Type of study Year Fees
    Part-time 2024/25 £490 per 10 credit module

    Additional costs

    You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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    Enrolment dates

    January 2025