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Links Between Health and Learning (EDUC20073)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeEDUC20073
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject will explore the relationship between health and learning through a life course model, acknowledging that this relationship is influential in every aspect of our lives.

By investigating the determinants of health and learning, with particular focus on health literacy of children and young people, this subject will provide insight on how health influences our success in educational pursuits and how educational opportunities impact on health outcomes.

The complex relationship between health and learning models will be studied as well as its individual, community and global impacts. Strategies of measuring, intervening and evaluating these impacts will be examined. Local and international examples will be used to demonstrate practical applications of this complex relationship including examples from schools, developing countries, as well as focussing on the health interventions in educational settings.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Debate theories about the nature of theoretical knowledge about health and learning.
  • Understand the influence of the relationship through a life course model
  • Discuss the determinants of health and learning
  • Compare and contrast different theories of health literacy
  • Be aware of the numerous interventions such to positively increase the relationships
  • Have knowledge about the assessment and evaluation of health and learning interventions

Generic skills

This subject should enable students to:

  • be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning
  • examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a broad range of disciplines
  • initiate and implement constructive change in their communities,
  • value different cultures
  • be well-informed citizens able to contribute to their communities wherever they choose to live and work
  • accept social and civic responsibilities

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • Online exercise (500 words), three per semester (15%)
  • Responses to short answer questions on a health or education issue of your choice (1500 words), due week 5 (35%)
  • A 5-minute oral presentation of proposed intervention (500 word equivalent), week 9 (15%)
  • Written research plan of proposed intervention (1500 words), due in exam period (35%)

Hurdle requirement: This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% attendance at all tutorials, seminars and workshops

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorJon Quach
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours36 hours
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

Last updated: 10 August 2019