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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2010 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Peninsula Second semester 2010 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Ben Smith


The unit introduces the key principles and frameworks that guide health promotion as they are presented in the World Health Organisation's Charters for Health Promotion. Students will examine the primary care, behavioural and socio-environmental approaches used in this field. Important dimensions of practice, including partnerships, participation, multi-level action, evidence-based practice and capacity building will be explored. By the completion of the Unit students will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of health promotion's key concepts, values and methods, and the criteria by which the quality of practice can be judged.


By the completion of this unit, it is expected that the student will be able to: 1.discuss and critically reflect on principles, concepts and frameworks that underpin health promotion;
2.compare primary care, behavioural, and socio-environmental approaches to health promotion and discuss their strengths and limitations;
3.identify the attributes of effective partnerships for health promotion;
4.demonstrate an understanding of levels of outcomes from health promotion and the process of selecting strategies to achieve different outcomes;
5.identify the different types of evidence that can guide health and sources of evidence that can assist in strategy selection;
6.critically reflect on the uses of health education, communication and social marketing strategies to achieve individual, social, and policy changes;
7.demonstrate an understanding of the contribution of policy development to health promotion;
8.describe the key domains of capacity building and the use of capacity building in health promotion, and;
9.discuss ethical challenges that are presented by health promotion.


Class test 10%; research report 30%, in-class presentation 20%; examination 40%. Hurdle requirement: 80% attendance at tutorials.

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Ben Smith

Contact hours

1 hour lecture and 2 hours tutorial per week.


HSC1031 or equivalent