In this unit, students explore global health promotion practices and the theoretical foundations and history of health promotion. They examine the social, cultural and policy influences that affect health for individuals and communities with a particular focus on physical activity. Students apply different models and theories of health promotion to demonstrate how behavioural change can take place.

Unit details

Study level:
Credit points:
Unit code:

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Articulate health promotion foundations, theories and strategies;  
  2. Critically analyse the social ecological model of health as it relates to physical activity; and,  
  3. Design a health promotion campaign that addresses a global health issue and communicate the strategies that underpin it.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Online tests x 2 20%
Research Paper Research paper related to the social ecological model of health 50%
Project Group project - Design a health promotion campaign with supporting documentation 30%

Where to next?

VU takes care to ensure the accuracy of this unit information, but reserves the right to change or withdraw courses offered at any time. Please check that unit information is current with the Student Contact Centre.