Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine


Ms Micaela Drieberg



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


Students will be introduced to the structure, politics and role of the mass media (public relations, news, advertising, advocacy, popular culture) in constructing public health issues. Students will examine a range of recent communication campaigns and case studies of contemporary health issues. The unit will cover health communication skills including presentation and report writing, developing health communication materials, social marketing, working with the mass media, e-health and the Internet.


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

  1. Distinguish different approaches to health communication.
  2. Define theoretical models of communication, social change and marketing in relation to health and their application in approaches to health promotion.
  3. Identify key stages in designing a communication campaign and apply them to a selected health issue.
  4. Examine the role of the media in the construction of health issues.
  5. Evaluate the communication strategies adopted by a range of local and international health communication campaigns as well as a range of health communication materials (print-based, electronic and web-based).
  6. Demonstrate oral and written presentation skills for a range of professional and lay audiences including low literate audiences.


Written essay (1,800 words) (30%)
Review of health communication campaigns (2,400 words) (40%)
Development of a campaign: Team presentation (15%) (Oral/online) (20 minutes) & critical analysis (900 words) (15%)

Hurdle requirement:
80% attendance at tutorials and participation in online tasks.

Workload requirements

6 hours per week contact hours plus 6 hours per week private study.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Health science