• Offered by Centre for the Public Awareness of Science
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Science Communication
  • Areas of interest Science Communication, Public Health, Health
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Merryn McKinnon
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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Some activities that form part of this course can be taken remotely or on-campus in Sem 2 2020. Check timetable for details. Group limits may apply.

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:

  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

  1. Health behaviour essay (15) [LO 2,3]
  2. Development of a health promotion program (needs assessment and communication strategy) (25) [LO 1,3,4]
  3. Evaluation and recommendations of health promotion program (25) [LO 2,4]
  4. End of semester examination (35) [LO 1,2,3,4]

In response to COVID-19: Please note that Semester 2 Class Summary information (available under the classes tab) is as up to date as possible. Changes to Class Summaries not captured by this publication will be available to enrolled students via Wattle. 

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Face-to face component which may consist of 1 x 3 hour seminar/workshop each week.
  • Approximately 94 hours of self-study which will include preparation for seminar/workshops and other assessment tasks.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

72 units towards a degree. Incompatible with POPH8115.

Prescribed Texts

Reading materials will be provided throughout the course

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.  

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:
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
2020 $4200
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $6000
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
8953 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person View

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