Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


ORHL1103 introduces the fundamentals of public health and health promotion. The work in this course will enable you to understand the current theories, frameworks and models of public health and health promotion and relate them to both individuals and populations with a focus on oral health. In addition you will be introduced to health data and statistics, health education, models of communication and health promotion planning, enabling you to develop simple health promotion material for use in a pre-determined setting.

This course is a compulsory program component and students must pass in order to progress in the Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy. Students are unable to enrol in Year 2 and 3 courses until they have passed this course.

Availability2022 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Explain the components of health behaviour models, social determinants of health, the common risk factor approach and epidemiology

2. Describe the differences between health promotion and health education at both individual and population health levels

3. Apply the principles of health promotion to analyse and evaluate current oral health promotion activities

4. Analyse and reflect on the effectiveness of various individual and group communication strategies

5. Apply models of communication to health promotion materials

6. Evaluate the benefits and limitations of teamwork in oral health

7. Demonstrate an understanding of the strategies for a successful smoking cessation program

8. Develop an oral health promotion resource

9. Demonstrate and understanding of oral health in the public sector and the policies that support oral health promotion

10. Demonstrate an understanding of a target audience and develop an age appropriate lesson plan.


  1. Introduction to public health, epidemiology and health promotion
  2. Models and approaches to health promotion
  3. Health promotion versus Health Education
  4. Oral Health promotion in Australia
  5. Health Promotion planning and evaluation
  6. Models of Communication
  7. Communicating health messages
  8. Smoking Cessation



This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor Oral Health Therapy program.

Pre-requisite - successful completion of ORHL1101 and ORHL1102

Assessment items

Quiz: Online Quizzes

Presentation: Poster

Project: Group Project

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Workshop: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Students must attend this workshop.

Contact hours



Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 7 hour(s) per Term Full Term

A 7 hour workshop will be held in Week 0.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.