Credit points




Teaching organisation

150 hours of focused learning

Unit description and aim

Health promotion creates supportive conditions for health, enabling people to have control over, and improve their health and wellbeing. Health promotion officers need to have a good understanding of health promotion approaches and behaviour change models in order to engage community and enable people to address their own health needs and issues. This unit helps students to obtain fundamental knowledge and understanding of health promotion concepts and issues. It provides an introduction to the principles and practices of health promotion, with an emphasis on the factors that determine health and health inequities, including economic, social and environmental influences. Key health issues and strategies for addressing health risk behaviours and optimising the health of populations are explored. Where appropriate students will develop an awareness of the impact of colonisation on indigenous health and the implications for health promotion planning and practice. The aim of this unit is for students to learn how to plan, carry out and assess health promotion activities in different settings and will apply this knowledge in developing health promotion campaign.

Learning outcomes

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

LO1 - Explain how health promotion principles are applied in planning and practice (GA: 5) 

LO2 - Articulate and analyse the range of factors that influence the health of individuals and populations, including social determinants of health and lifestyle behaviours (GA: 2, 4, 5)

LO3 - Analyse health promotion interventions and approaches to prevent disease and promote health (GA: 5, 8, 9) 

LO4 - Design a health promotion strategy that applies key principles and theoretical models of health promotion (GA: 6, 7, 8, 9) 

Graduate attributes

GA2 - recognise their responsibility to the common good, the environment and society 

GA4 - think critically and reflectively 

GA5 - demonstrate values, knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to the discipline and/or profession 

GA6 - solve problems in a variety of settings taking local and international perspectives into account 

GA7 - work both autonomously and collaboratively 

GA8 - locate, organise, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information 

GA9 - demonstrate effective communication in oral and written English language and visual media 


Topics will include: 

  • Health promotion from historical perspective 
  • Determinants of health 
  • Inequity and disparities in health 
  • Emerging issues in health promotion 
  • Theoretical models in health promotion: the Ottawa Charter in Action 
  • Health education and behaviour change 
  • Settings for health promotion 
  • Community engagement for effective health promotion 
  • Health promotion with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities 
  • The environment and health promotion 
  • Globalisation in relation to health promotion 

Learning and teaching strategy and rationale

This unit is offered in attendance mode to ensure high quality interactive and constructive peer learning. This unit comprises weekly lectures and tutorials during the semester, using student-centred teaching and active learning approach to support students in the exploration of health promotion principles and practices. The unit uses on-campus lectures to teach essential theory and concepts (lectures are also recorded to allow asynchronous access). This learning is then reinforced through facilitated tutorial activities that support students to synthesise knowledge and develop deep understanding of how to identify health risks and plan, carry out and evaluate health promotion initiatives. Online content (e.g. readings, videos and lecture recordings) via ACU’s Learning Environment Online (LEO) also supports this acquisition. 

Assessment strategy and rationale

A range of assessment procedures will be used to meet the unit learning outcomes and develop graduate attributes consistent with University assessment requirements. In order to successfully complete this unit, students need to obtain an aggregate mark of greater than 50%. 


Assessment in this unit will comprise two assignments and an end of semester written exam. The assessment strategy allows students to progressively develop their knowledge and skills to the level of sophistication where they can apply key health promotion principles to the analysis and development of health promotion strategies. The assessment strategy commences with a task that requires students to advocate for a health promotion intervention that addresses health risk factors. They will extend and synthesise their understanding through development of an evidence-based health promotion intervention, working in groups. Assessment for this unit will conclude with an end of semester exam that assessed understanding and application of knowledge gained in this unit. 

Overview of assessments

Brief Description of Kind and Purpose of Assessment TasksWeightingLearning OutcomesGraduate Attributes

Addressing health determinants 

To enable and assess student’s ability to articulate a population health issue. 


LO1, LO2, LO3 

GA2, GA4, GA5, GA8, GA9 

Health promotion program  

To enable and evaluate the ability to develop health promotion interventions for specific groups. 


LO1, LO2, LO4 

GA2, GA4, GA5, GA6, GA7, GA8, GA9 

End of semester examination  

To enable and assess knowledge 

of health promotion principles. 


LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4 

GA2, GA4, GA5, GA6, GA7, GA8, GA9 

Representative texts and references

Baum, F. (2015). The New Public Health. An Australian Perspective. (4th ed.). South Melbourne: Oxford University Press. 


Green, J., Tones, K., Cross, R. & Woodall, J. (2015) Health Promotion: planning and strategies. (3rd ed.). SAGE Publications. 


Keleher, H. & MacDougall, C. (Eds) (2016). Understanding Health: a determinants approach (4th ed.). Melbourne: Oxford University Press. 


Marmot, M., Wilkinson, R. G. (2006). Social Determinants of Health. (2nd ed.). New York: Oxford University Press. 

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