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Students will have the opportunity to learn the history of health promotion and the models of health and health promotion, along with key theoretical approaches explaining change in individuals, organisations and systems.
They will be introduced to the fundamental elements of successful health promotion and its application to different health issues in different settings and sectors, and in different populations in Australia and in developed and developing countries overseas.
Students will be exposed to key leaders in health promotion in Victoria from different levels of government, from leading health NGOs and from academia during the course. They will also be required to interview a key practitioner in their place of work as part of assessed group work activity.
Intended learning outcomes
Upon completion of this subject students should be able to:
LO 1: Identify the key historical milestones informing current health promotion knowledge and practice;
LO 2: Identify and apply the key values and features of health promotion and the theories underlying individual behaviour change, organisational change and policy development;
LO 3: Assess the surveillance, monitoring and research systems needed to effectively underpin large-scale health promotion programs;
LO 4: Determine the most appropriate policy, legislative and regulatory approaches to support health promotion;
LO 5: Identify the most appropriate communication methodologies to influence policy and behaviour change;
LO 6: Assess and compare the evidence for potential health promotion interventions and design impact evaluations for interventions;
LO 7: Identify the most effective strategies for mobilizing other relevant sectors and communities to promote health;
LO 8: Select the most appropriate health promotion interventions (at individual, organisational and community-wide levels) to improve a community’s health; and
LO 9: Work as part of a team to plan strategies for health promotion interventions.
Upon completion of this subject, students will have developed skills in:
- Critical thinking and analysis,
- Oral communication,
- Finding, evaluating and using relevant information,
- Written communication,
- Persuasion and argument skills,
- Working with others and in teams.
Last updated: 3 November 2022