General information

Subject type: Mandatory

Coordinator: Carolina Chabrera Sanz

Trimester: Third term

Credits: 5

Teaching staff: 

Carme Planas Campmany


Basic skills
  • CB5_That students have developed those learning skills necessary to undertake further studies with a high degree of autonomy.

  • CB1_That students have demonstrated knowledge and understanding of an area of ​​study that is based on general education, and is usually found at a level that, while supported by advanced textbooks. Also includes some aspects that involve knowledge from the forefront of their field of study

Specific skills
  • CE16_Ability to describe the fundamentals of the primary level of health and the activities to be developed to provide comprehensive nursing care to the individual, family and community. Understand the role and activities and cooperative attitude that the professional must develop in a Primary Health Care team. Promote the participation of individuals, families and groups in their health-illness process. Identify and analyze the influence of internal and external factors on the level of health of individuals and groups. Apply the necessary methods and procedures in their field to identify the most relevant health problems in a community. Analyze statistical data related to population studies, identifying possible causes of problems and health. Educate, facilitate and support the health and well-being of members of the community whose lives are affected by health problems, risk, suffering, illness, disability or death.

  • CE22_Know the Spanish Health System. Identify the characteristics of the managerial function of nursing services and care management. Know and be able to apply group management techniques

General competencies
  • CG10_Protect the health and well-being of the people, family or groups cared for, ensuring their safety

  • CG9_Foster healthy lifestyles, self-care, supporting the maintenance of preventive and therapeutic behaviors

  • CG13_Know the principles of health and socio-health financing and use the available resources appropriately

  • CG8_Promote and respect the right to participation, information, autonomy and informed consent in the decision-making of the people cared for, according to the way in which they live their health-illness process

  • CG16_Know the health information systems

Transversal competences
  • CT 1 Develop the ability to assess inequalities based on sex and gender, to design solutions


The subject Public Health is a compulsory subject of 5 ECTS framed in the subject of Public Health, Communication and Research in Health of the degree of nursing. 

Public Health is the set of activities organized by public administrations, with the participation of society, to prevent disease as well as to protect, promote and restore the health of people, both individually and collectively. And through health, sectoral and transversal actions.

The subject Public Health focuses on content related to the basic elements that make up the public health system and national health systems, the evolution of models in Public Health and the promotion of strategies that have given way to the National Health Systems they manage current health services and, in the elements and strategies that determine their use to improve the health of the entire population with a health vision.

Additionally, the understanding of the different levels of care and the concepts of promotion, prevention and rehabilitation reinforce the student's knowledge of the structural aspects that make up Public Health and its determinants for nurses to act as health agents. . 

The subject offers the opportunity to the student to develop his capacities and the competitions to offer an attention with global and integral vision that allows to take into account the needs of the person, the reality of the group to which it belongs, and the influence of its environment and context.

This subject has methodological and digital resources to make possible its continuity in non-contact mode in the case of being necessary for reasons related to the Covid-19. In this way, the achievement of the same knowledge and skills that are specified in this teaching plan is ensured.

Learning outcomes

  • LO 11. Understand the language of health information systems.
  • LO 14. Interpret epidemiological indicators related to the prevention and promotion of health.
  • LO 20. Know the differentiating aspects of people respecting their opinions, beliefs and values.
  • LO 21. Understand the elements that make up people's lifestyles and educate them about maintaining good health.
  • LO 29. Identify the characteristics of a community.              
  • LO 32. Know the health services of care for people.
  • LO 33. Distinguish models and levels of health care.
  • LO 34. Know the activities to be carried out for the care of people, families and the community.
  • LO 37. Understand the concept and evolution of public health. 
  • LO 38. Know the factors that condition the health of people, families and the community.
  • LO 39. Understand the factors of the Community Health Study as a method for diagnosing health.
  • LO 40. Identify the social sectors of interest for health: health, education,…
  • LO 41. Understand the role of nurses in the various areas of health care.
  • LO 49. Identify gender biases in existing knowledge about health-illness processes
  • LO 50. Know how to make inclusive and non-sexist use of language
  • LO 53. Know how to analyze the impact of individual and population gender on the type of health care system
  • LO 59. Understand the data and mechanisms of gender inequalities in access to economic and social resources that affect the health of women and men (worse or better nutrition; access to employment and type of work; access to employment. education and, therefore, prevention; access to ICT and, therefore, to health information; access to sport, etc.).

Working methodology

  • MD1. Expository class sessions
  • MD2. Seminars
  • MD3. Work in group
  • MD4. Individual work
  • MD11. Self-employment


The contents are developed in different topics that aim to provide a progressive learning of the theoretical framework of the discipline of public health. 

Topic 1. Public Health and health policies. 

General concepts on Public Health. Definitions, models, objectives and functions of public health.

Topic 2. Health Systems. 

Health systems and the Spanish health system. Globalization of health. National and international bodies with competences in public health.

Item 3. Health promotion. 

Determinants of health. Health promotion strategies. Community health. 

Item 4. Disease prevention

Primary prevention (schedule of systematic vaccinations). Secondary prevention. Tertiary prevention. 

Item 5. Health protection. 

Food health (The role of nursing). Environmental health (The role of nursing). Sanitary waste control. 

Item 6. Epidemiological surveillance. 

Basic concepts and types of epidemiological surveillance. 

Learning activities

Activity ECTS Methodology
AF1. Master class 1,25 MD1. Expository class sessions
AF5. Seminars 0,8 MD2. Seminars
AF9. Personal study 2,95 MD11. Self-employment

Evaluation system

The evaluation of the competences will be carried out continuously with the following activities:

Evaluation activity Weighting Assessed skills
SE4. Classroom participation 10% CB5, CE16, CE22, CG16, CT1
SE5. Seminars 20% CB2, CB5, CE16, CG10, CT1
SE3. Work in group 40% CB2, CB5, CE22, CG10, CG13, CG16
SE1. Exam 30% CE16, CE22, CG10, CG13


A system of quantitative (from 0 to 10) and qualitative (suspended, approved, notable, excellent, honorary registration) is used according to RD 1125/2003.


To pass the subject, it is necessary to obtain a mark of 5 in the final exam to average.

Group work cannot be done or recovered individually. In the event that any member of the group does not record the delivery of the work by individual or group decision, the work will be evaluated with a 0.

In accordance with current regulations, you can only opt for recovery, if it has been suspended the subject. If the grade is Not Presented, you will not be eligible for recovery. Continuous assessment is not likely to recover.

In the case of failing the subject, it must be recovered next year (no note will be saved). 

The total or partial copy in any of the learning activities means a "Not Presented" in the subject, without option to present in the proof of recovery and without prejudice of the opening of a file for this reason.



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