Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Managing facultyMedicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Abbreviated titleBHP
CRICOS code075116A
Total credit points required144
Standard duration of study (years)3 years FT, 6 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Berwick)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine: telephone +61 3 9903 1680; email

Course coordinator

Dr Belinda Crockett


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • This course requires students to undertake off-campus fieldwork placements


The course equips students to develop and manage health promotion initiatives, to prevent disease and promote well-being, in a range of organisations and contexts. Foundation learning addresses public health principles and priorities, the determinants of health, measuring health in populations, the health system, and health promotion strategies.

Students develop skills in program management, evaluation, policy analysis, community development, health communication and education. Learning is built upon an analysis of current health issues and health promotion strategies in Australia and globally. This will provide students with a solid foundation for a career in the wide range of public and private sector organisations working to improve health.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes. For more information refer to

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • access, select, critically appraise, interpret and apply best available evidence to inform policy and practice
  • reflect critically upon practice and identify strategies for professional enhancement
  • Work independently or as part of a team within an interdisciplinary environment with appreciation for the roles of professionals from related fields
  • build intersectoral coalitions and strategic alliances and work collaboratively in partnerships with other health professionals, communities and organisations across multiple sectors to advance population health
  • apply principles and processes of program, project and service planning and management, including design, implementation, evaluation and dissemination, use of information systems, resource allocation, capacity building and sustainability
  • design effective health promoting interventions for communities, organisations and populations using theory and evidence to guide the selection of strategies and measurement of outcomes
  • recognise local, national and global disparities in health status and the determinants of inequality
  • identify the scope, role and functions of health promotion in relation to the health care system, other sectors and to the wider society
  • demonstrate respect for social and cultural diversity underpinned by a concern for equity, equality, humanity and social justice and this includes respect for and integration of Indigenous ways of knowing into programs, services and public health policies
  • demonstrate an understanding of the role and principles of advocacy in achieving individual and community empowerment as well as promoting improved health and wellbeing outcomes
  • communicate effectively with a variety of audiences using the media, advanced technologies and community networks
  • conduct ethically sound health and social research with policy and practice relevance

Credit for prior studies

Students who have completed the Diploma of Community Development at Chisholm are eligible for up to 48 points of credit.

Maximum credit allowed

96 credit points.

Special requirements

Police and Working with Children checks

Organisations that host community placements require students to have current police and Working with Children checks regarding their suitability to undertake such placements. All enrolled students will be required to obtain these checks prior to undertaking the practicum component of their course. Working with Children checks are valid for five years and available free. Police checks must be applied and paid for annually, however, in some community-partnered programs there may be a requirement to have a police check renewed every six months.

Health requirements

In order to meet health requirements for working in the healthcare facilities and for the protection of other students, and themselves, students may need to comply with certain precautionary procedures. These may consist of confidential tests for immune status (including blood tests and skin tests), receiving vaccines and having x-rays where the evidence indicates that these are appropriate.


The faculty recommends that all students accept responsibility for having up-to-date immunisations before commencing this course. Recommended immunisations include diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, tuberculosis and hepatitis B.


This course requires students to undertake a mandatory off-campus fieldwork placement. In the fieldwork setting students will have an opportunity to apply theory to practice under supervision.

Professional recognition

Graduates of this course are eligible to join the Public Health Association of Australia and the Australian Health Promotion Association.


The course comprises health science/health promotion core units (108 points) and electives* at first, second and third year level (36 points).

* Students are given the opportunity to select complementary studies and/or pursue academic interests from across the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences and the wider university. Students will be encouraged to explore opportunities to undertake relevant elective studies from other faculties, including Education, Arts and Business and Economics.

Areas of study


First year

Semester one

  • HSC1081 Foundations of public health
  • HSC1082 Population health
  • HSC1101 Biological bases of health and disease 1
  • one first-year level elective

Semester two

  • HSC1052 Health and social care systems and policy
  • HSC1072 Health promotion 1
  • HSC1102 Biological bases of health and disease 2
  • one first-year elective

Second year

Semester one

  • HSC2042 Working with diverse communities
  • HSC2062 Communicating health
  • HSC2092 Community development and partnerships
  • one second-year level elective

Semester two

  • HSC2022 Culture, society and health
  • HSC2051 Health program planning
  • HSC2142 Research methods in the health sciences
  • one second-year level elective

third year

Semester one

  • HSC3061 Health program evaluation
  • HSC3052 Health promotion in primary and clinical settings
  • HSC3072 Health policy and politics
  • one third-year level elective

Semester two

  • HSC3002 Health for all in a global world
  • HSC3011 Contemporary health challenges
  • HSC3082 Health program practicum
  • one third-year level elective


Bachelor of Health Promotion