Course Title: Health Promotion Principles and Planning

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Health Promotion Principles and Planning

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


155T Vocational Health and Sciences


Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015


City Campus


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Judith McCann

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99258366

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is a more detailed introduction to Health Promotion fundamentals which builds on your understanding of health as a holistic concept and the need to address the underlying determinants of health in a preventive manner. Essential components of Health Promotion and its theories will be explored with a range of practical examples.
This course also provides you with an overview of how to identify, plan, implement and evaluate health promotion initiatives. This is a major component of the work of Health Promotion practitioners and will provide you with basic practical skills to be developed moving into your future career.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for Associate Degree in Health Sciences:
7. Apply the knowledge and skills of your study stream in community or health care settings

On completion of this course you should be able to:
1. Communicate effectively in a range of forms (writing, oral) and with diverse audiences and cultural groups (community, clients and health professionals..
2. Apply the knowledge and skills of health promotion in community and health care settings.
3. Relate and communicate various conceptual theories of health promotion, its functions, role, scope and applications.
4. Develop basic skills in advocacy and the management of mediation in a community health service context, away from a ’medical’ view towards services that impact health and wellbeing
5. Identify and explain key frameworks and domains of action in health promotion, using specific examples.
6. Manage a strategic health promotion program plan including knowledge of building an evidence base an conducting a needs assessment, and skills in program implementation and evaluation components.
7. Develop knowledge around evidence-based program planning for creating supportive environments in a settings approach, including workplaces, schools and neighbourhood communities.
8. Identify global perspectives and explore case studies on population health plans.


Overview of Learning Activities

A variety of activities will support your learning in this course, such as:
• Lectures &/or workshops (face-to-face &/or online): to cover theoretical concepts for each topic in the course.
• Tutorial activities (individually and in teams): to discuss, debate, critique and consolidate your ideas and extend your understanding around key concepts for each topic. Case study and discussion.
• Online discussion and activities: to support and collaborate with other students in your course and debate and discuss ideas.
• Self-directed study time (eg readings or activities around theory): to enhance and strengthen your knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts.
• Work collaboratively in teams to develop a professional piece of work.
• Guest speakers may also be incorporated to provide practical connections to a ‘real life’ setting.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be expected to utilise a range of credible, recent and appropriate library, electronic, text and other resources to engage in professional reading of relevant literature.
A range of texts will be recommended (available from RMIT Library) and online materials, accessed on BlackBoard will be provided.
You may also be referred to other resources available in the Library, such as videos and the subject learning guide at:

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks

Early Assessment Task (Assessment Task 1.):
Health Promotion Awareness in the Community
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLO 1

Assessment Task 2: Evidence Based Health promotion
Weighting 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs 3., 5. and 8.

Assessment 3: Health Promotion Group Project
Weighting 30%
This assessment supports CLOs 1., 2., 4., 6. and 7.