Unit description

Examines the theory and multi-disciplinary practice of health promotion and primary health care.  This double-weighted capstone unit provides knowledge and skills for planning, implementing and evaluating health promotion and/or primary health care programs to promote health and wellbeing through a community project placement.  It culminates in a student-led seminar to showcase student projects.

Unit content

1. Theories and concepts of health promotion, primary health care and behaviour change
2. Project management skills
3. Working with stakeholders
4. Working with individuals and groups: health education and health communication
5. Primary health care
6. Community and Population Health
7. Empowerment and Advocacy

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Jirojwong & Liamputtong, 2009, Population Health, Communities and Health Promotion, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, Vic. ISBN: 978-0-19-556055-8.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (11 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (11 weeks)
Community/Professional placement 16 hours (10 weeks)
Seminar 1 x 8hr day (1 week (Week 12))
Project Proposal10%
Draft Report15%
Field work10%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2016 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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