This unit explores how public health theories, principles and values have informed the practice of public health with a focus on program planning for health promotion. The origins and purpose of health promotion and the theories which inform health promotion practice are examined along with the potential of health promotion to positively influence the determinants of health and reduce health inequalities. Students will gain skills in a range of practical approaches and methods for promoting health. Students will use a project management cycle to assess needs, set priorities for action and plan and manage interventions that promote health in populations. Theoretical aspects of the unit will be reinforced through their application to local, national and global issues in nutrition and active living.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Define and critically evaluate the key theories and concepts which inform health promotion and locate these within contemporary debates in the field;  
  2. Interrogate a range of approaches and methods for promoting health and exemplify how they are used in health promotion programs;  
  3. Critically appraise models of health behaviour and behaviour change;  
  4. Apply the project management cycle to design a health promotion intervention for a specific community and elucidate theory and evidence to corroborate the selection of strategies and identification of outcomes; and  
  5. Identify and apply appropriate methods and interpret evidence to inform program evaluation and management.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Review Critical review of health promotion theory (1,000 words) 20%
Project Development of a health promotion Project Plan (4,000 words) 50%
Presentation Three (3) minutes scripted health promotion video related to health promotion project (1,000 words) 30%

Required reading

Health, Illness and Wellbeing: Perspectives and social determinants. 1st
Liamputtong, P., Fanany, R., & Verrinder, G. (2012)
South Melbourne, Vic: Oxford University Press

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