This unit exposes students to historical and theoretical models of health with application to health education and physical education. Health and wellbeing are considered from individual and population perspectives. Concepts around identity are explored, including the social and cultural factors that influence health outcomes. Students are encouraged to explore the interdisciplinary nature between health and a range of social determinants such as socioeconomic status, physical activity, the environment, gender, religion, communities, sexuality and the media. The unit focuses on both the Australian and global health contexts and examines ways to improve health outcomes among at-risk groups.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Differentiate between the biomedical and social models of health;  
  2. Determine how social issues affect health outcomes at individual and population levels;  
  3. Interpret a global health issue and investigate ways for improvement;  
  4. Collaboratively present and critique a global health issue; and  
  5. Evaluate and provide positive constructive feedback to peers.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Report Report that compares biomedical and social determinant models of health 25%
Research Paper Annotated bibliography 45%
Project Group presentation and peer evaluation of other group's project 30%

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