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HS2403 - Health Promotion for Health Professionals

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical and Vet Sciences

This subject is available to all students enrolled in the Occupational Therapy, Sport and Exercise Science, Physiotherapy, Speech Pathology and Dental Surgery programs. Also available to students in other programs through negotiation with the Head of the School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences.

This subject introduces students to the principles of health promotion and the historical context in which health promotion has evolved. Students will explore the social determinants of health and how this impacts on health issues of relevance to their professional discipline. Students will identify key barriers to behaviour change and examine frameworks and models that can be applied to address health issues of relevance to their professional discipline. Students will be also be introduced to the processes of health promotion program planning, implementation and evaluation.

Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze the principles of health promotion outlined in the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion;
  • Critically reflect upon the social determinants of health in order to identify applicability to the students professional discipline;
  • Examine individual, group and population strategies and methods in health promotion and their most appropriate application;
  • Identify the barriers to behavior change and apply behavior change models to selected health issues;
  • Design a health promotion program to address a health issue relevant to the students professional discipline.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (50%) - Individual
  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (25%) - Group
  • Written > Essay (including multi-draft) 1 - (25%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Complete and submit all assessment items; Achieve 50% or above overall across all combined graded assessment within the subject.

Prerequisites: HS140170510E is an allowed parent study package on any EXT Availabilities of this subject


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Sue Devine, Mr Jack Seaton
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Sue Devine, Dr Nathan Dawes, Mr Jack Seaton.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 26 hours tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed study

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.