Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject is concerned with the philosophical and theoretical foundations of the discipline of health promotion and effective health promotion practice. You will learn about the origins of psychological, organisational and social theories, models and conceptual frameworks and their role in guiding health promotion practice. You will gain skills in designing a systematic approach to improving health, based on a sound theoretical framework. These skills will include: interpreting the problem to solve, mapping system-level determinants, assessing current capacities and needs, and using theory to design evidence-informed health promotion strategies for preventing or responding to the problem. Practice issues that you will explore in this subject include: locating, interpreting and using evidence to understand problems and ways to tackle them; building readiness, capacity and support for effective and sustained health promotion action; and utilising social capital.

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSally Fawkes

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

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Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsHealth behavior and health education: theory, research, and practice.PrescribedGlanz, K, Rimer, BK, Viswanath, K (eds) 20084TH EDN, JOSSEY BASS, SAN FRANCISCO.
ReadingsTheory in a nutshell: a practical guide to health promotion theories.PrescribedNutbeam, D, Harris, E, Wise, M 20103RD EDN, MCGRAW-HILL, NORTH RYDE, NSW.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Online, 2014, Semester 2, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSally Fawkes

Class requirements

Scheduled Online Class
One 39.0 hours scheduled online class per study period and delivered via online.
"39 hours (equivalent) of readings, online exercises and structured activities per semester."


Assessment elementComments%
One 2,000-word proposal for a multi-level health promotion program.Part B (Plan).60
One 2,500-word proposal for a multi-level health promotion program.Part A (Theory and Justification of approach).30
Two 400-word articles on a given topic.10