HSC2300 - Health promotion and disease prevention - 2019

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

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Kelly Allen


Ms Kelly Allen

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


Must be enrolled in an Undergraduate Degree


HSC1072, HSC2101, PHH2101.


In this unit health promotion and disease prevention will be introduced as an approach that uses multiple strategies to empower individuals and communities and create supportive environments for health.

Students will be introduced to the key frameworks, guidelines and interventions that are used to promote health at the population level. Students will examine health promotion and disease prevention methods utilised by various agencies, and develop an understanding of the role of different health related professions and partnerships in this work. Topics will include downstream, midstream and upstream health promotion, partnerships, collaboration, systems and sustainability.

Learning will be facilitated with case examples and consideration will be given to how the methods examined can be applied to current public health priorities.


On successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. Explain the history, values and ethical principles that guide health promotion and disease prevention.
  2. Identify key frameworks, guidelines and intervention methods used in health promotion and disease prevention.
  3. Distinguish, compare and contrast various downstream, midstream and upstream health promotion initiatives.
  4. Describe the role that partnerships and capacity building play in strengthening health promotion and disease prevention initiatives.
  5. Apply the principles of systems thinking to health promotion initiatives


  • Online quiz (10%)
  • Health promotion report (2,100 words) (35%)
  • Team Project (20%)
  • Examination (1.5 hours, multiple choice and short answer questions) (35%)

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

Workload requirements

3 hour workshop, 3 hours of directed online student learning activities, plus 6 hours of self-directed study per week

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