Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please 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 or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedPeninsula First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Karen Lambert


This unit introduces students to a range of principles and frameworks that guide health promotion in Australia and internationally. Students explore the place of health in people's lives and consider a range of factors that shape people's health. They also develop an understanding of the priority health issues and ways of working to promote health and wellbeing. Students consider health promotion as a key field for managing population health. Important dimensions of practice, including settings-based approaches, partnership, participation, multi-level action, capacity building and evidence-based practice are explored. The areas of health promotion action examined encompass policy development for health, creating supportive environments, health education strategies. The application of these to health challenges in diverse cultural and economic contexts is critically explored.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how health is experienced and understood by different groups within society
  2. identify and discuss contemporary government approaches to promoting health
  3. identify and compare competing interests and discourses associated with health
  4. discuss, critically reflect and apply principles, concepts and frameworks that underpin health promotion (international and national)
  5. compare approaches to health promotion and discuss their strengths and limitations
  6. critically evaluate and plan for health promotion programs.


Health promotion project plan and presentation (2400 words equivalent, 60%)
Examination (1600 words equivalent, 40%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • workshops: 24 hours over the semester

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • weekly independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week: Readings, preparation of work for workshops and for assessment tasks
  • group learning activities assigned as preparation for / follow-up to workshop sessions

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