• Offered by Research School of Population Health
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Population Health
  • Areas of interest Science Communication, Public Health, Health
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Merryn McKinnon
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2017
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This course can be taken on line OR in person. Please take care when enrolling to ensure the correct mode has been selected.

This interdisciplinary course examines the ways in which societies attempt to enhance and promote health in a range of settings, while critically assessing the associated risks and barriers. This course will provide a sound theoretical understanding of dominant health promotion and protection theories and models, as they relate to contemporary health issues in Australia and internationally. This course emphasises practical application of theory in problem based learning scenarios. Students will gain a sound conceptual understanding enabling them to develop health interventions and communicate effectively with specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to
  1. Critically evaluate and apply dominant models and theories of public health promotion and health protection
  2. Evaluate and critique health promotion and health protection activities
  3. Identify, interpret. plan and create relevant information for health promotion and health protection activities for a range of non-specialist audiences

Other Information

The course will consist of advanced reading, weekly seminars, formal lectures and student activities. The course will be delivered in face-to-face and on-line mode.

Indicative Assessment

  • Online posts, reflections and quizzes 60% Weekly (LO 1, 2, 3)
  • Essay 20% (LO 1, 3)
  • Critical Assessment task 20% (LO 1, 2, 3)

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The workload will be three contact hours per week comprising a combination of lectures and tutorials with the expectation of a further seven hours of independent study and directed reading.

Students participating online will be supported by recorded lectures, online forum and structured lecture material and directed reading.  Skype tutorials will also be made available based on the needs of individual students.

Prescribed Texts

Snelling, Anastasia, (ed). Introduction to health promotion. John Wiley & Sons, 2014.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 3
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4092
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $5454
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
9873 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person
9874 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 Online

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