The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This course provides an introduction to the theory and practice of health promotion.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. describe the concepts of health and determinants of health;

2. describe and apply in context key frameworks of health promotion, such as relevant WHO charters and declarations;

3. understand the difference between health promotion and health education;

4. describe and apply underpinning principles and elements of effective health promotion, such as population reach and evidence-based practice;

5. understand and apply behaviour change theories and models to influence change in individuals;

6. understand and apply organisational change and capacity building theory to influence change in organisations;

7. apply a systematic process for the determination of priorities; and

8. critically appraise strategic policies and plans for health promotion.


The aim of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the rationale, evidence and strategic framework for health promotion, including consideration of:

  • health and the determinants of health;
  • strategic frameworks for health promotion;
  • achieving health promoting change in individuals and organisations; and
  • planning effective health promotion at the strategic level.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignment 1, Parts A and B

Written Assignment: Assignment 2

Online Learning Activity: Weekly Research and Reflection Activities

Contact hours


Online Activity

Online 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Via email to Lecturer and Course Coordinator.