Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


This course aims to provide students with an understanding of the concepts that are important in the public health and health promotion fields. This course will introduce future health professionals to contemporary public health and health promotion issues including: definitions and components of health; health status indicators and outcomes; epidemiological terms and principles; approaches to health promotion and illness prevention; health behaviour change strategies; health illness care systems; and current issues in local, national and international health.



  • Semester 1 - 2022


  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Explain the components and social determinants of health and health-related behaviour;

2. Recognise and explain basic epidemiological terms and principles of measurement and health status indicators;

3. Analyse the main methods of measuring the needs of populations;

4. Compare and contrast models and approaches to health behaviour change;

5. Evaluate the role of Health Promotion in reducing illness and improving the health of individuals and populations

6. Analyse local, national and global health issues;

7. Develop skills in basic academic literacies.


Public Health

  • Introduction to public health, nature and scope (core functions) of public health.
  • History and development of public health.
  • Concept of health, models of health.
  • Overview of Australian health care system - role and functions.


  • Basic epidemiological terms and principles of measurement and health status indicators and outcomes.

Determinants of Health

  • Biological, environmental, social, emotional.
  • Social gradient of health.

Health Promotion

  • Approaches to health promotion.
  • Health behaviour change.
  • Local, national and global health issues.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assessment 1 This is public health photo task (Group)

Participation: CPD Points (Continuing Participatory Points)

Quiz: Online Quizzes

In Term Test: Online Home Examination

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 7 Weeks

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 3 day(s) per Week for 5 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 7 Weeks

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.