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HM2063 - Education for Better Health

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Education (pre 2015)

Offered each year in Townsville only.

This subject introduces students to the social construction of health and wellbeing, health promoting principles and practices of contemporary schooling in Australia. Interactions between the individual, peers and community with their socio-cultural, physical, political and economic environments will form the basis of analysis. Students will be introduced to the determinants of health, the concepts of 'health literacy', the Health Promoting Schools model and community physical activity promotion to understand how individuals and communities can contribute to the health and wellbeing of young people. The subject encourages students to become critical consumers of health programs and initiatives, specific to education in the tropics, through understanding how health is socially constructed. Students confront key issues within health education and develop ideas on how to deal with what are frequently sensitive and controversial areas of the curriculum.

Learning Outcomes

  • develop an understanding of the social construction of health and wellbeing;
  • acknowledge and critically reflect upon the influence of socio-cultural, physical, political and economic environments on individual and community health;
  • develop a workable appreciation of the social justice issues in respect to health, particular to the Tropical region;
  • develop knowledge of determinants of health, the concepts of 'health literacy' and the Health Promoting Schools model.
Prerequisites: HM1061


Townsville, Block, Study Period 7
Census Date 10-Jul-2014
Face to face teaching 07-Jul-2014 to 11-Jul-2014
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Maree Dinan-Thompson, Mr Maxwell Lenoy
Lecturer: Mr Jason Gray.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 13 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); tutorial attendance and participation (30%); assignments (30%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.