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TM5528 - Health Promotion

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: Sch Public Health,Trop Medicine&Rehabilitation Sc

Students are encouraged to enrol in the subject with a designated health problem in mind, preferably in their own field of work. Literature, previous studies, related health promotional material, demographic, epidemiological, social and cultural information relating to this problem should be collected for the course. Contact Course Coordinator to discuss this in further detail.This subject is designed to introduce students to the competencies involved in the development of health promotion activities and programs with a special emphasis on remote, tropical and Indigenous contexts. Students will be introduced to the principles and theory of health promotion and to the processes of health promotion program planning, design, implementation and evaluation. Theories, barriers and techniques involved in knowledge and behaviour change will be examined. The subject is designed to enable students to develop the skills necessary to address identified health issues within their own working context. Students will apply subject knowledge to the development of their own project.

Learning Outcomes

  • to be able to design a plan for a health promotion project which includes needs analysis, planning, implementation and evaluation factors;
  • to be able to identify health promotion opportunities in students workplace or community;
  • to become familiar with a range of major health promotion strategies including harm minimisation, screening, legislation, policy;
  • to become familiar with a range of rural and Indigenous health promotion activities and resources;
  • to become familiar with at least three models of health promotion;
  • to become familiar with the barriers and opportunities posed by working in cross cultural situations;
  • to understand the historical, political and cultural factors which have contributed to health promotion thinking;
  • to understand the role of health education in health promotion;
  • to understand the role of health promotion in public health.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to appraise information critically;
  • The ability to use independent judgment to synthesise information to make intellectual and/or creative advances;
  • The ability to think laterally and be original;
  • The ability to evaluate and extrapolate from the outcomes of their research;
  • The ability to plan, conduct and manage research in their discipline;
  • The ability to communicate the methodology, results and implications of their research in a manner appropriate to different purposes and audiences.


Study Period 1, External
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Sue Devine.
Workload expectations:
  • 60 hours lectures
Method of Delivery: Printed materials
Assessment: other exams (20%); presentations (40%); assignments (40%).

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.