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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
OfferedNot offered in 2010
Coordinator(s)A/Professor Neil Spike, Director of Education, SPHC


This unit introduces students to health promotion delivered in a variety of primary care settings including hospitals, community health services, and general practice.
The common characteristics of primary care will form the framework including issues of expanded access, multi-professional service teams, optimal service coordination, and a focus on patient empowerment and the application of technology to health promotion.
Prevention and health promotion systems relevant to primary care will be examined, and the evidence and theoretical base for preventive (behavioural) counselling, brief interventions, health education practice, methods of tailoring strategies to client needs, motivational interviewing techniques, motivating change and preventing relapse will be explored.
Approaches to adopting health promotion strategies and building capacity for health promotion in others will be explored.


  1. Demonstrate their understanding of the frameworks that underpin health promotion in clinical settings by:
a. Identifying structured approaches and distinguishing key features of existing health promotion programs;
b. Describing the principles and charters that guide health promotion practice;
c. Comparing and contrasting health promotion needs and values of different subgroups within the community.

  1. Demonstrate the application of health promotion principles in their clinical settings by:
a. Describing capacity building approaches to improve the quality and sustainability of health promotion;
b. Identifying the contrasting the behavioral and socio-environmental approaches to promoting health in primary clinical care settings;
c. Recognising the difference between marketing and health promotion along with the ethical questions it raises.

  1. Demonstrate how they operationalise health care in their clinical settings by:
a. Reporting influences upon individual motivation and capacity to perform health behaviours;
b. Planning and producing a health promotion pamphlet or poster for their clinical setting.

  1. Demonstrate their ability to evaluate existing health promotion programs in their clinical settings by:
a. Describing a health promotion outcomes framework and how it is used in program planning;
b. Reporting their evaluation (using key principles and evidence-based approaches identified earlier) of a local health promotion activity from their clinical setting.


Hurdle requirement: 80% attendance at tutorials and lecture program.
Evidence review: 30%
Case study report and group presentation: 40%
Analysis essay and program plan: 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Neil Spike

Contact hours

12 hours per week including contact time of 4 hours and 8 hours of private study