Level 2 Understanding Health Improvement Online Course 

This concise Online Learning course covers the fundamentals of how to promote and encourage Healthy Lifestyle Choices and how to Support Others with their Wellbeing Goals.

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With the UK population set to grow by 3 million people by 2028*, the amount of skilled and talented healthcare professionals will be in demand to look after our growing communities. There’s a huge diversity of roles that fall under ‘health improvement’ – from Pharmacy Assistants and the wider public healthcare workforce to Health Champion volunteers. Anyone working or volunteering in health improvement has a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of the people they work with.

The Level 2 Understanding Health Improvement Online Learning Course is perfect for you if you want to learn best practice methods for improving the health of the people around you. This course has the most up-to-date reviews of healthcare inequalities and policies within the UK, and is ideal for you even if you already working in a health care related role and want to top-up your knowledge of the current healthcare landscape.

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Aims of the Course

The Level 2 Understanding Health Improvement Online Learning Course will equip you with all the information you need to promote health improvement schemes and initiatives. You will learn how to encourage others to look after their health, understand what a healthy lifestyle looks like and appreciate why people make the choices they make about their health. By the end of the course, you will also know how to inspire individuals looking to learn about health improvement and motivate others to make healthy lifestyle choices. 

On completion, you'll understand:

  • how inequalities in health may develop and what the current policies are for addressing these
  • how effective communication can support health messages
  • how to promote improvements in health and wellbeing to individuals
  • the impact of change on improving an individual's health and wellbeing


Course details:

  • eight hours of online study
  • eight CPD points
  • optional assessment to obtain official qualification
  • easy to navigate online resources
  • created and accredited alongside the RSPH official qualification
  • auto-saves your progress so can be completed in multiple sittings
  • course fees start at £60

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Who is the Course aimed at?

The Level 2 Understanding Health Improvement Online Learning Course is ideal for you if you work in a health care related role. If you have a professional role such as a Community Health Worker, a Health Advisor, a Pharmacy Assistant, or a voluntary role like a Workplace Health Champion - this course has all the information you need to develop a health improvement programme or activity. The course will also give you the tools you need to motivate and encourage others to make healthy lifestyle choices. 

In addition to being ideal for healthcare professionals, we also recommend the course for you if you run a business and would like to set up a Health Champion programme. This course will equip your ‘Champions’ with the tools and resources they need to help make their colleagues happier and healthier.


How much does the Course Cost?

All our online courses are priced competitively and offer great value-for-money. The cost of the Level 2 Understanding Health Improvement Online Learning Course, depends on whether you select the Course Only or the Course + Assessment bundle. And how many courses you intend to buy (see Volume Discount below):

  • Course only: £60 each
  • Course + Assessment: £103.00 each

Optional Assessment

Learners have the option to sit an eAssessment in order to gain the official Level 2 Award in Understanding Health Improvement qualification, and qualify as a Health Champion. However, taking the course - even without the eAssessment - will still provide you with all the necessary skills and knowledge you need without the formal qualification certificate.

Volume Discounts

If you represent an organisation and you’re interested in purchasing multiple (10+) Online Learning Courses for your colleagues or employees, we offer attractive discounts for bulk purchases. You can add Up to 200 courses to your basket and a discount will automatically be applied. Or you can talk to our lovely RSPH Learn Team about your requirements here.

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How do you access the Course? And how long does it take to complete?

All course materials are accessed through our interactive online platform RSPH Learn. (you need to be connected to the internet). You can purchase the course by visiting our Learning Catalogue in My RSPH. If you do not have an account you must first register here. You can buy a course for yourself, or multiple to assign to other learners. If you are buying a course for yourself, you should tick the ‘assign course to yourself’ box at the check-out.

The course topics are split out, with Revision Quizzes to test your knowledge, as you work through the modules. It can be paused and restarted whenever you like, and you have six months to complete the course. The entire course involves up to eight hours of study. On successful completion, you'll receive an RSPH CPD Completion Certificate and eight CPD points.

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Course Contents

The course is split into the four key sections - with interactive elements to maintain your attention and make learning easier. At the end of each section, you'll find a Revision Quiz to help boost your learning. And, after completing the final topic, the Practice Assessment will help you prepare for the Level 2 Award in Understanding Health Improvement qualification assessment (if that's what you want to do).
PART 1: Health Inequalities
The first part of the course provides learners with the essential context behind some of the inequalities in health and wellbeing that exist across the UK. This topic explores the effects of these inequalities and their potential impacts on local communities. This section will help learners to identify the factors which lead to health inequalities and outline the policies and methodologies that have been pioneered to reduce disparities in the public’s health

PART 2: Communication
Some of the most effective public health advances have caused change through the way their messages are communicated. The second topic introduces learners to the communication skills that are effective in delivering health messages and why these are vital for large scale health improvement. By the end of the module, effective communication is vital in the promotion of health messages. learners will be able to identify the barriers to communication that may affect how the public understand health messages and strategies for overcoming these

PART 3: Promotion of Health and Wellbeing
There are huge swathes of definitions of health and wellbeing available and it can be difficult to know which ones have scientific and academic backing. The third module provides learners with concrete definitions of these terms by explaining the western scientific model and World Health Organisation definitions of ‘health and wellbeing’. By the end of the module, learners will be able to identify positive and negative influences on health and wellbeing of individuals and communities, applying the definitions from academic institutions. They’ll also be able to provide examples of strategies and resources that can be used for promoting health and wellbeing within a community setting.

PART 4: Impact of Change
Changes in lifestyle can have untold positive effects on someone’s long-term wellbeing. In the final topic, learners will explore some key examples of behaviour change that can improve an individual’s health. They will also be able to outline how individuals and wider communities can be encouraged to change their behaviour to make a lasting impact on their health.


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Once you've completed the course, you can apply to receive an electronic RSPH CPD Completion Certificate. Find out more about RSPH CPD recognition policy.

Should you wish to obtain the RSPH Level 2 Award in Understanding Health Improvement you will need to complete a paper-based multiple-choice examination. Find out more about the assessment options available here. Upon successful completion of the assessment, you'll receive an RSPH Quality Assured Certificate in the post.

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