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TM5568 - Health Promotion Needs Assessment and Planning

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

This subject will introduce students to the underlying principles of conducting needs assessments and planning health promotion programs. This will include an introduction to theoretical models that allow problems identified during a needs assessment to be examined in more detail to ensure the development of appropriate responses to health issues. Content will cover all key planning steps including the development of goals and objectives, and consideration of evaluation, budgeting and sustainability.

Learning Outcomes

  • Have a broad understanding of the steps and processes involved in needs assessments and;
  • Apply/adapt the health promotion models to plan a health promotion program;
  • Define goals and objectives for a health promotion program;
  • Explain how goals are derived from the analysis of the health problem;
  • Explain how goals and objectives are tied to evaluation; Demonstrate the ability to plan and design a needs assessment process; Demonstrate the ability to plan and design a health promotion program to address an identified health issue for an identified target group.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • 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 place their research in a broader (preferably international)theoretical, practical and policy context.;
  • The ability to think laterally and be original;
  • The ability to conceptualise problems;
  • The ability to conceptualise and evaluate a range of potential solutions to relevant problems;
  • The ability to encompass and use methods and conceptual advances in areas of knowledge cognate to their central area(s) of expertise;
  • 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 identify and take serendipitous advantage of research opportunities;
  • The potential to lead and contribute to projects effectively and efficiently;
  • The ability to conduct their research in an ethical manner;
  • The ability to communicate the methodology, results and implications of their research in a manner appropriate to different purposes and audiences;
  • The ability to make constructive contributions to project teams or collegial activities;
  • The potential to resolve conflicts.


Study Period 1, External
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Sue Devine, Ms Tammy Allen.
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: assignments (85%); workbook (15%).

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.