phe5prh practising health promotion




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.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSally Fawkes

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

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Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

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.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Outline a case study that demonstrates how theories and models used in ones own professional practice influence practice.

You will be asked to post original contributions to an online blog and discuss them with other students.

02. Critically evaluate how theories and models for change pertaining to different levels of action - individual, group, organisation, community and society - are applied in health promotion practice.

You will review literature that describes the historical development and role of major psychological, organisational and social theories. You will compare and contrast these theories, develop a typology of theory and explain how they can be used in health promotion practice.

03. Drawing on relevant theories and models and evidence of efficacy, research and design health promotion strategies that could be used for addressing particular health and wellbeing issues, and assess factors for enhancing their effectiveness.

You will review literature and resources from which you will: define a problem to solve; map system-level determinants of the problem; comment on likely capacities and needs; select and translate appropriate theory to design an evidence-informed strategy that prevents or responds to the problem; interpret issues of significance for professional practice.

04. Develop and justify responses to key issues that might challenge the effective practice of health promotion at different scales - in organisations, communities and societies.

You will be asked to post original contributions to an online blog and discuss them with other students.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Online, 2019, 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%ILO*
One 2,000-word proposal for a multi-level health promotion program.Part B (Plan).6003, 04
One 2,500-word proposal for a multi-level health promotion program.Part A (Theory and Justification of approach).3002, 03, 04
Two 400-word articles on a given topic.1001, 02