This unit (HHB2301) introduces students to the primary health care approaches, conventions and practice strategies for health promotion and injury prevention across the lifespan, in diverse population groups and diverse settings. Central to the unit is the study of effective frameworks for disease prevention and the importance of partnerships, supportive environments, participation and capacity development for successful health promotion. Models of health behaviour will be examined and applied to the practice of health promotion.

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HHB2000 - Social Epidemiology (applicable for HBPD, HBHL students ONLY)

HFB2104 - Introduction to Research Methods (applicable for HBHL students ONLY)

HPT3002 - Advanced Evidence Based Practice for Health Professionals (applicable for HCSP students ONLY)



Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically analyse the evolution of the health promotion movement as articulated in various health charters of the 20th and 21st Century;  
  2. Apply relevant knowledge of health promotion principles and frameworks;  
  3. Determine and analyse the elements of successful health promotion projects and programs; and  
  4. Critically review and apply key health behaviour models to the practice of health promotion.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation Preliminary presentation of Group Health Promotion Activity (5 minutes) 10%
Case Study Health promotion program analysis Part A and Part B (total 2000 words) 50%
Presentation 1. Group Health Promotion Activity, resource and presentation (15 mins/1500 words equivalent) 2. Individual Reflection (250 words) 40%

Required reading

Foundations for Health Promotion 4th ed.
Naidoo,J.,Wills, J. (2016)
London: Bailliere Tindal/Elsevier

Promoting health: The primary health care approach 6th ed.
Talbot, L., & Verrinder, G. (2017)
Sydney: Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier

Recommended Reading; Egan, G. (2014) The skilled helper: A problem-management and opportunity development approach to helping. Belmont, CA:Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning.

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