PBH2005 - Health program planning - 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 Stav Zandes


Ms Stav Zandes

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


(HSC1200 or BMS1042) AND HSC2300


HSC2051, PHH2051


In this unit, students will develop knowledge and skills for public health and health promotion program design and implementation.

These are core competencies for health promotion practice.

Students will develop skills in community needs assessment, determining priorities and defining target populations, and selecting an appropriate mix of strategies based on evidence and theory.

Strategies that take into account social and health inequalities will be examined. Students will consider key steps in implementation management and methods for building program sustainability.

The relationship between program planning and evaluation will be discussed, to provide students with a foundation for later studies concerning evaluation methods.

Case studies, group work and planning tools will be used to develop practical problem-solving skills.


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

  1. Describe the steps in planning a preventive health program;
  2. Identify data sources for needs assessment and community profiles;
  3. Develop a needs assessment incorporating elements of community profiling as the basis of an evidence-based program plan;
  4. Identify determinants of population health needs that can be changed by health promotion action;
  5. Write SMART project goals and objectives that are clearly linked to health determinants;
  6. Identify administrative and management issues that need to be addressed for successful program implementation.


  • Health profile (1,800 words) (30%)
  • Individual oral presentation (5 minutes) (10%)
  • Intervention map (30%)
  • Project implementation plan (1,800 words) (30%)


80% attendance at seminars.

80% participation in weekly online tasks

Workload requirements

Seminar 2.5 hours, 3.5 hours of directed online student learning activities, plus 6 hours of self-directed study per week.

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