Physiotherapy and Health Promotion
Module: Physiotherapy
Contact hours – lectures: 30
Contact hours – seminar: 15
Contact hours – clinical exercises:  
Contact hours – clinical practice:  
Holder of subject: Andrea Backović Juričan, Senior Lecturer
Year of study: First
Physiotherapy and Health Promotion              

Contact hours – lectures:  
Contact hours – seminar:  
Contact hours – clinical exercises:  
Contact hours – clinical practice:  
Holder of subject: Andrea Backović Juričan, Senior Lecturer
Education providers: Andrea Backović Juričan, Senior Lecturer
Level of study: First Bologna cycle professional education study program
Semester: Winter
Language: Slovene/English
Subject-specific competences:
  • What are health promotion, prevention, health education, health as a value, investing in health;
  • Supervision and health promotion;
  • Health promotion fields of activity;
  • Physiotherapy and health promotion;
  • Promoting a healthy lifestyle;
  • Health care promotion in the community;
  • Creating health supporting environment;
  • Models, approaches, and theories on health promotion;
  • Health promotion as a life-long, systematic, multidisciplinary concept;
  • Basic concepts of health promotion and maintenance in individuals and the society;
  • National and international policies, organizations, programs, projects and approaches relevant to physiotherapy in terms of prevention, health promotion and physical activity promotion;
  • Evaluating health promotion and prevention programs.

Objectives and competences:
Help students develop the competences to independently and professionally implement evidence-based interventions. 

  • learn the basics of health promotion, prevention and health education and how to apply the theoretical principles of health promotion and health education in practice;
  • know how to apply the right theoretical, teaching and didactical approaches, and implement activities for health maintenance and promotion of all age groups and at different settings;
  • develop the ability to constantly reflect on their work, personal growth, and professional development;
  • develop a professional and supportive attitude towards coworkers, students, and other team members.

Knowledge and understanding:
  • Awareness of different aspects of health maintenance and promotion.
  • Knowledge of the main stages in the health promotion process.
  • Knowledge of prevention/health education levels.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the main characteristics of evaluation and its applicability.
  • Understanding the specific requirements in planning health promotion programs for different groups and individuals and settings.
  • Knowledge of the relevant health promotion and physical activity policies, organizations, projects, programs and approaches for physiotherapy. 
Mandatory references:
  • Brownson, R.C., Baker, E.A., Leet, T.L., Gillespie, K.N. & True, W.R., 2011. Evidence-based Public Health. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford University Press. 
  • Cavill, N., Kahlmeier, S., & Racioppi, F., 2006. Physical activity and health in Europe: evidence for action. Copenhagen: World Health Organisation Regional Office for Europe. 
  • Edelman, C.L. & Mandle, C,L., 2006. Health Promotion, Throughout the life span. 6th ed. Missouri: Mosby. 
  • Evans, D., Coursaftiki, D. & Fathers, C.P., 2011. Health Promotion and Public Health. Exeter: Learning Matters.  
  • Hoyer, S., 2005. Pristopi in metode v zdravstveni vzgoji. Ljubljana: Visoka šola za zdravstvo. 
  • Kiger, M.A., 2004.  Teaching for health. London: Elsevier.
  • LoBiondo Wood, G. & Haber, J.,2014. Nursing Research: Methods and Critical Appraisal for Evidence-Based Practice. 8th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Mosby.
  • Naidoo, J. & Wills, J., 2009. Public health and Health Promotion Practice: Foundations for Health Promotion. 3rd ed. London: Elsevier. 
  • Nutbeam, D. & Bauman, A., 2010. Evaluation in a Nutshell. 3rd ed. Sydney: McGraw-Hill. 
  • Scriven, A., ed., 2005. Promoting Health through Physiotherapy. (part 3). In: Health Promoting Practice: The Contribution of Nurses and Allied Health Professionals. New York: Palgrave MacMillan. 
  • Tones, K. & Green, J., 2004. Health Promotion, Planning and Strategies. London: Sage Publications Ltd.  
  • Zaletel-Kragelj, L., Eržen, I. & Premik, M., 2007. Uvod v javno zdravje. Ljubljana: Medicinska fakulteta Univerze v Ljubljani. 
  • World Health Organization, 2007. Steps to health: A European framework to promote physical activity for health. Copenhagen: World Health Organization, Regional office for Europe.
  • World Health Organization, 2010. Global recommendation on Physical Activity for Health. Geneva: World Health Organization. 
  • Wills, J., 2007. Promoting health. Oxford, Malden: Blackwell Pub.
Recommended references:  
Study obligations: 50% obligatory attendance at lectures
100% obligatory attendance at seminars
submitted and presented seminar work
Assessment methods:
Written and oral examination (50%)
Coursework (50%)