EDF2173 - Perspectives on health - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Chief examiner(s)

Karen Lambert


Debi Futter

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


This unit introduces students to a range of principles, frameworks and practices that guide health promotion in Australia and internationally. Students critically explore the place of health in people's lives and consider a range of factors that shape individual and population health. They also develop knowledge of priority health issues, determinants of health and an appreciation for ways of working to promote health and wellbeing. By developing health promotion planning and evaluation skills, students carefully consider health promotion as a key field for addressing, managing and having an impact upon individual and population health. Areas of investigation and important dimensions of practice include settings-based approaches, partnership, participation, multi-level action, capacity building and evidence-based practice, policy development for health, creating supportive environments, and health education strategies. The application of these to youth health challenges in diverse cultural and economic contexts is also explored.


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

  1. demonstrate knowledge about and an appreciation for the ways in which health is experienced and understood by individuals and groups in society
  2. identify and discuss contemporary local, national and international approaches to health promotion
  3. critically evaluate and apply principles, frameworks and practices that underpin effective health promotion planning and evaluation (international and national)
  4. compare and contrast approaches to health and consider their impact upon health and wellbeing of individuals and groups
  5. work collaboratively and cooperatively in a variety of independent and group contexts.


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

At-home examination (1600 words equivalent, 40%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • workshops: 24 hours over the semester
  2. 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 and/or follow-up to workshop sessions

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