The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This course aims to provide students with an understanding of the concepts which 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.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

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.


Module 1 - This is Public Health

  • Concept of health, models of health.
  • Overview of Australian health care system - role and functions.

Module 2 - Epidemiology

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

Module 3 - Determinants of Health

  • Biological, environmental, social, emotional.

Module 4 - Health Promotion

  • Approaches to health promotion, including Ottawa & Jakarta Charters.
  • Models of, and approaches to, health behaviour change.
  • Local, national and global health issues.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assessment 1. This is public health photo task (Group) & Health issue report (Individual)

Participation: CPD Points (Continuing Participatory Points)

In Term Test: Online Home Examination

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term