Obesity and Health Promotion (PUBH5024)


This unit will build on introductory public health core units of study, and apply them to consideration of obesity as a public health problem. The unit will develop students' skills in approaches to obesity monitoring, prevention programs and policies, extending research methods, critical appraisal skills, introductory health promotion and disease prevention in MPH. Students will develop an understanding of surveillance systems to monitor obesity, and develop skills in evidence based obesity prevention interventions in diverse social, cultural and community contexts. The course will include discussions of policies and approaches to obesity prevention, as part of non-communicable disease prevention and control.

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Further unit of study information


compulsory attendance at 2.5 one-day workshops including participation in small group work during the workshop.


Workshop attendance and participation (30%) and 1x written assignment (2000 words) (70%).


Pre-readings will be provided

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

(PUBH5010 or CEPI5100) and PUBH5033 and PUBH5020

Basic health promotion principles

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.