Improving Health: Developing Effective Practice – IHDEP

Course Summary

Improving Health: Developing Effective Practice (IH: DEP) course is a blended learning course, which aims to enable participants to increase their confidence in improving health and tackling health inequalities, by providing a framework which will guide and encourage the development of effective and reflective practice.
Delivered in a blended format the course mixes face to face sessions with online eLearning via NHS Health Scotland Virtual Learning Network (VLE) and discussion to meet the following learning outcomes:

  • Critically examine concepts and models of health, health improvement and health promotion and show their influence on current practice.
  • Explain the mutual influences of social, policy, regulatory and legislative drivers on population health outcomes
  • Appraise the implications of health improvement principles for reducing health inequalities and improving overall population health.
  • Critically examine own practice in relation to achieving continuous improvement in delivery of interventions aimed to improve health and reduce health inequalities.
  • Demonstrate personal use of a reflective process to generate experiential learning.

Target Audience

The course is intended to be of benefit to all occupational groups with a role or interest in improving health or tackling health inequalities.

Submitting Your Interest

IH: DEP course is run by trainers in each of the local health board areas in Scotland. To submit your interest or if you simply wish to find out more about the course please email Pam Craig (


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