Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (PUBH5033)


This core unit of study introduces students to evidence-based health promotion as a fundamental approach to preventing disease and reducing health inequalities in populations. The unit is divided into three modules: (i) principles underpinning disease prevention and health promotion, (ii) evidence-based prioritising for disease prevention and health promotion programs, and (iii) evaluating disease prevention and health promotion programs. It will develop students' skills in: identifying opportunities for prevention and setting prevention and health promotion priorities; planning and prioritising evidence-based programs, and; measuring the implementation of programs and evaluating the impact of programs on population health. The unit will critically examine diverse characteristics of disease prevention and health promotion programs, including behaviour change programs, community development-, environmental-, and policy- based programs. Students will develop an understanding of approaches used to enhance inter-sectoral action and partnerships, and community participation and consultation. The role of translation of research into policy and practice to enhance public health impact will also be explored. The unit will also illustrate how the principles of prevention and health promotion are applied in Aboriginal health promotion settings.

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


1x1500 word assignment (25%); 1 group assignment (30%); 1x2500 word assignment (45%)


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