Course Title: Health: Meanings, Determinants and Actions

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Health: Meanings, Determinants and Actions

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


155T Vocational Health and Sciences


Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science


Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Judith McCann

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99258366

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 051.07.005

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course provides a comprehensive understanding of health and its determinants. We will highlight the Social Determinants of Health referring to the World Health Organisation (WHO) and various Australian government agencies. We will examine a variety of key theories and core principles including those in the Ottawa Charter, Bangkok Charter and the socio-ecological models of health. We will examine alternative perspectives of health, in addition to exploring frameworks and strategies for action to improve health. We will be examining various contexts such as local settings, the workplace, schools and neighbourhood communities.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes of the Associate Degree in Health Sciences:
2. Analyse and interpret information to determine appropriate solutions to predictable and unpredictable situations
3. Recognise and apply relevant technologies in health to perform work tasks
5. Manage and develop your own work and lead and manage others within a health or community context

On completion of this course you should be able to:
1. Identify determinants of health that influence and impact on health status - biological, behavioural, cultural, social, environmental, economic, political.
2. Apply knowledge of determinants into planning and management of integrated approaches for individuals and populations.
3. Recognise relationships between health, social justice and equity as a practising public health paraprofessional
4. Identify and apply various health models, frameworks and domains for action to improve health outcomes for individuals and population groups.
5. Appreciate the role of health prevention in contributing to positive health outcomes
6. Understand the meaning of health for a range of populations


Overview of Learning Activities

In this course a variety of activities will support your learning 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 solidify your ideas and extend your understanding around key concepts for each topic.
• Online discussion and activities: to support and collaborate with other students in your course and debate and discuss ideas
• Utilise and develop critical research and cognitive skills to find credible sources of health information.
• Self directed study time (eg readings or activities around theory): to enhance and strengthen your knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will need to access this course on Blackboard on a regular basis to prepare for lectures and tutorials. You will also need to read recommended sections of text books, library resources and other learning materials.
In addition you may be referred to other resources available in the RMIT 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.)Critical Annotation (summary/critique of academic paper)
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs (Course Learning Outcomes) 1, 3, 5 and 6

Assessment Task 2Literature Review/Reflection & Presentation on Health Issue
Weighting: 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

Assessment 3: 3 X Tests 
Weighting 3 X 15%
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6