• Offered by Centre for the Public Awareness of Science
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Science Communication
  • Areas of interest Health Medicine and the Body, Science Communication, Health
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Merryn McKinnon
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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This interdisciplinary course will provide students with an overview of the factors that influence health in society, and how knowledge of these factors is used to create intervention programs to improve public health. Each student will work within a group to identify a particular health issue and then develop, deliver and evaluate a specific health promotion initiative. This course emphasises the practical application of theory, aiming to equip students with hands on experience in the work of a health promotion professional. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Identify and apply effective communication techniques to convey complex health information to a range of audiences.
  2. Review and evaluate health promotion activities.
  3. Discuss potential solutions to societal health problems. 
  4. Collaborate with others to produce health promotion products and events.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

  • Development of a health promotion program (60%) (LO1-3)
  • Health behaviour essay (20%) (LO2,3)
  • Critical assessment paper (20%) (LO1-3)

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1 x 2 hour seminar/workshop plus 1 hour of online learning activities per week and independent study. Expected contact and non-contact study approx 130 hours per semester.

Requisite and Incompatibility

72 units towards a degree. Incompatible with POPH8115.

Prescribed Texts

Snelling, Anastasia, (ed). Introduction to Health Promotion. John Wiley & Sons, 2014.

Assumed Knowledge

This is an introductory course to communicating health information which requires no prior knowledge.  It is recommended students take SCOM1001 and/or SCOM1002 before doing this subject.




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

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Student Contribution Band:
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
2019 $4260
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $6060
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9754 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person View

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