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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Sarah Hawkey


The proposed unit "HSC3082 - Population Health" contributes to Theme 2: Population, Society and Health by helping develop students' abilities in dealing with the broader implications of health at a population as opposed to individual level. This unit will assist students to put into practice the theory that underpins the profession of health promotion by working in an agency whose core business is promoting health. It will provide practical experience in preparation for embarking or enhancing a career in health promotion as well as opportunities to learn about career development, resume development and reflection on skills and capacities required by a graduate.
Applying the knowledge gained through their course by working in agencies that undertake population-based health promotion issues will help students to better understand health determinants and behaviour in the community, and prepare them for the realities of the workplace.


By the completion of this unit, it is expected that the students will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge and skills gained in health promotion units, in the practice of community-based health promotion;
  2. Demonstrate skills and knowledge in learning about career development;
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of health promotion theories in program design and / or delivery;
  4. Reflect on the professional attitudes and skills required of health professionals working in community settings;
  5. Critically assess a workplace environment;
  6. Critically reflect on personal strengths and weaknesses as a health professional, and skills and capacities necessary for graduate employment.


The assessment requires fulfilment of hurdle requirements and is marked as pass / fail. These are: online discussion group participation requiring each student to make a weekly post and respond to other student's posts about their practicum experience; three reflective pieces due in weeks 3, 6, and 10; successful completion of placement; supervisor's report; and agency report.

Chief examiner(s)

Sarah Hawkey

Contact hours

180 hours including 13 hours of seminars, contact time of 1 hour online tutorial and 8 hours of private study.


HSC1072 Health Promotion 1 or HSC2101 Health promotion: global and local or equivalent.