• 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 2019
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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 tutorials and student activities. Students are encouraged to attend the face-to-face delivery mode however online mode is available.

Indicative Assessment

    • Online posts, reflections and quizzes 30%  (LO 1, 2, 3)
    • Essay 20% (LO 2, 3)
    • Health Promotion Grant Application 30% (LO 1, 2, 3)
    • Critical Assessment task 20% (LO 1, 2, 3)

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      The workload will be up to 10 hours per week comprising a combination of recorded lectures, tutorials, readings and online activities as well as independent study. There will be an optional face-to-face tutorial for on campus students each week during semester of up to two hours.

      Students participating online will be able to join these remotely via Adobe Connect or Skype. If time zones do not allow online student participation at the schedule tutorial time, additional online 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 2
      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.

      Units EFTSL
      6.00 0.12500
      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
      9728 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person
      9729 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 Online

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