PUBH5754 Health Promotion I

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1OnlineOnline
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit provides a comprehensive overview of health promotion theory and practice. Topics covered include understanding health and its determinants; the role of health promotion, understanding and influencing health behaviours; health promotion planning and evaluation; health promotion practice and competencies; social marketing and health; public health advocacy and the media; healthy public policy; and working with different populations and in different settings. The unit is taught and learned through a combination of lectures, tutorial activities, guest presentations, small group discussions, case studies and debate.
Students are able to (1) gain theoretical knowledge across a broad range of health promotion topics including program planning models, health behaviour change, evaluation methods, as well as practical experience in developing a health promotion program proposal on a priority health issue and (2) develop the competencies required to ensure the effective delivery and rigour of health promotion strategies and interventions.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a written assignment; (2) a project proposal and presentation; and (3) in-class (for face to face students) or online (for online students) participation in activities. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Assistant Professor Julie Saunders
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019_ONLINE [SEM-1_2019_ONLINE]
Texts (available
in library)

Nutbeam, D. and Bauman, A. Evaluation in a Nutshell: McGraw-Hill Australia 2007

Nutbeam, D. and Harris, E. Theory in a Nutshell: a Guide to Health Promotion Theory, 2nd edn: McGraw-Hill Australia 2004

Egger, G., Spark, R. and Donovan, R. Health Promotion Strategies and Methods, 3rd edn: McGraw-Hill Australia 2013

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