Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course will explore both traditional and innovative or cutting-edge health promotion strategies to enhance positive health behaviours. The course provides an overview of social aspects of health and foundations in health promotion. The course will enable students to explore the role of health promotion in addressing a range of contemporary public health problems. The course moves students beyond the traditional silo approaches to health behaviour change that address risk factors and disease models by exploring the use of innovative strategies that address social determinants and take a multi-sectoral approach to health behaviour change.



  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Describe the way in which a range of determinants, including our physical and social environment, affect our health and health-related behaviour;

2. Describe the interrelationships between health determinants and how they impact on health inequalities;

3. Distinguish differences between health promotion and health education;

4. Describe difficulties, models and theories in promoting health behaviour change practice;

5. Demonstrate skills in the selection and application of evidence-based strategies for health behaviour change (both traditional and innovative) in a variety of settings and populations.


  1. 1.     Introduction to the determinants of health, health promotion and health education

    2      Understanding health behaviour, behaviour change models and theories

    3.     Settings for health behaviour change (both traditional settings such as workplaces, schools, and health care plus non-traditional settings such as clubs/pubs and sporting clubs) and supportive environments

    4.     Traditional behaviour change approaches such as education, posters, school based health education, social marketing, legislation, policy and environmental changes.

    6.     Current and innovative behaviour change strategies including new technologies such as social media, app-based programs, choice architecture and fun theory.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Module 1 Assessment

Written Assignment: Module 2 Assessment

Presentation: Module 3 Assessment - Video/media Assignment

Contact hours


Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

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.