Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (PUBH5033)


This core unit of study will provide students with an introduction to and critical overview of evidence-based prevention and health promotion as a fundamental component of efforts to address chronic disease prevention and reduce health inequalities in populations. The unit is divided into three modules: (i) principles underlying disease prevention and health promotion, (ii) evidence-based planning for disease prevention and health promotion, and (iii) implementing and evaluating health promotion for disease prevention. The unit will illustrate the principles of prevention and health promotion programs in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal populations. It will develop students' skills in: identifying problems and setting prevention priorities; planning and implementing programs, and; evaluating the impact of programs on population health. The unit will discuss diverse disease prevention and health promotion programs, including individual change programs, interpersonal (family, social environments), organisational (worksites, primary care), and community-wide programs. Students will develop an understanding of approaches used to enhance inter-sectoral action, community participation and consultation, the development of partnerships and the use of policy and advocacy. These approaches will be particularly applied to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health promotion settings.

Further unit of study information


3 workshops, face-to-face tutorials and online discussion; fully online version available


1x1500 word assignment (25%); 1x2500 word assignment (45%); 9-week tutorial discussion/participation (30%)


Course Readings Provided

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules



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.