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HS2403 - Health Promotion for Health Professionals

Credit points: 3
Year: 2011
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: Sch Public Health,Trop Medicine&Rehabilitation Sc

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 education and health promotion and to the historical context in which health promotion has evolved. Students will examine the various elements and models of health education and health promotion and the relationship between health education and health promotion. Theories of behaviour change and application of behaviour change models will be presented and the barriers and techniques involved in knowledge and behaviour change will be discussed. Students will be introduced to health education planning, strategies and delivery including the production and evaluation of health education media. They will also be introduced to the processes of health promotion program planning and design. A settings approach to health promotion will be discussed.

Learning Outcomes

  • describe the principles of health promotion outlined in the Ottawa Charter;
  • identify ways in which health education and promotion are relevant to the student's professional discipline;
  • analyse the relationship between health education and health promotion;
  • discuss the barriers to behaviour change and be able to apply models of behaviour change to selected health issues;
  • plan, design and deliver a health education talk;
  • discuss and describe individual, group and population strategies and methods in health promotion and their most appropriate application;
  • undertake a community based needs assessment for a health education/promotion project;
  • demonstrate knowledge of the use of limited reach and mass media strategies in health promotion and demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills in the processes of planning and designing health promotion programs.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to lead, manage and contribute effectively to teams;
  • The ability to speak and write logically, clearly and creatively;
  • The ability to calculate, produce, interpret and communicate numerical information;
  • The ability to select and use appropriate IT tools;
  • The ability to access and employ online technologies effectively;
  • The ability to use and interpret different media;
  • A coherent and disciplined body of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to learn independently and in a self-directed manner;
  • A commitment to lifelong learning and intellectual development.
Prerequisites: HS1401

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 24-Mar-2011
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Sue Devine.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 26 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); presentations (25%); assignments (25%).

Cairns, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 24-Mar-2011
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Sue Devine.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 26 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); presentations (25%); assignments (25%).

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.