University of Technology Sydney

090016 Health Promotion

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UTS: Health
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:


Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


Students undertaking this subject establish an expanded knowledge base in the theory and processes of health promotion, which can be applied in a range of settings in both the health sector and the wider community. These include pedagogical approaches to behavioural change, social learning and communication frameworks. The subject provides students with useful frameworks to plan and evaluate health education programs in their workplace and beyond.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
A. Describe and critique the key theories and principles including pedagogical approaches to health promotion
B. Discuss the scientific, social, cultural and economic bases of health promotion, as well as the political and ethical issues that affect health promotion activities
C. Critically assess research evidence and policy priorities as they pertain to quality health promotion
D. Appropriately apply the theories, frameworks including pedagogical approaches used in the health education of patients of all ages and their families
E. Analyse and synthesise appropriate strategies and approaches for developing and evaluating individual, community and media levels of health promotion

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the following graduate attributes:

  • Demonstrate reflective critical thinking to enable critical appraisal of current practice, policy and research with the aim to enhance health care and healthcare outcomes, and transform health (1.0)
  • Are effective, collaborative and responsive health professionals and potential leaders in a particular health field (2.0)
  • Communicate effectively and appropriately in challenging, complex and diverse situations (4.0)
  • Embody the international standard of professional qualities appropriate to the scope of their role in regional, national and global health (5.0)

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

1. Demonstrate reflective critical thinking to enable critical appraisal of current practice, policy and research with the aim to enhance health care and health care outcomes, and transform health (CRITICAL THINKING)

3. Are socially, culturally and ethically accountable when engaging with individuals, families, interdisciplinary teams, communities, organisations and jurisdictions) (ACCOUNTABILITY)

Teaching and learning strategies

In this subject, students will participate in a range of teaching and learning activities designed to build the required skills and knowledge in health promotion program planning, implementation and evaluation. Teaching and learning activities will take place entirely online. Students are expected to work independently and to engage with other students and teachers online through discussion forums and other interactive activities such as Zoom meetings.

Activities will collaborately engage students in the examination of real-world case studies. These will be augmented by presentations from practitioners and researchers who will provide expert insights and snap-shots from the field.

Assessments are designed to complement student learning by providing students with the opportunity to practically apply and track their understanding of concepts relevant to health promotion. Students will receive feedback from teachers and peers throughout the session and on assessment tasks.

Content (topics)

  • Definitions, history and key concepts in health promotion
  • Behaviour change theories for Individuals, groups, organisations and communities
  • Health promotion in action-examples of programs and the health promotion agenda
  • Selecting the right theoretical framework for health promotion
  • Evaluation of health promotion programs


Assessment task 1: Contribution to discussion boards and online activities


To assess contributions made by students and to critically engage with individual learning styles.


This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

A, B, C, D and E

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):

1.0, 2.0, 4.0 and 5.0

Weight: 20%

Assessment task 2: Integrated health promotion programs


In this assessment students will apply their understanding of health promotion principles and processes to analyse an existing health promotion program. This assessment aims at bringing together key health promotion concepts and engage students in doing some research and critical thinking on their own.


This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

B, C and E

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):

2.0, 4.0 and 5.0

Weight: 30%

1,300 words maximum, excluding reference list.

Assessment task 3: Health promotion program planning


To understand the processes of planning and evaluating health promotion programs and searching for evidence-based components of health promotion programs.


This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

A, B, C, D and E

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):

1.0, 2.0 and 5.0

Weight: 50%

2500 words maximum excluding reference list.

Minimum requirements

To pass this subject, students must submit all pieces of work; achieve a minimum mark of 50 after all assessment marks are combined; and gain a satisfactory result for any online activities that do not attrack marks.

Required texts

There is no required textbook for this subject. Essential readings will be made available on Canvas.

Recommended texts

All recommended texts can be found in your reading list.

Other resources

UTS Student Centres
Building 10

Monday to Friday: 9am - 5pm
Tel: 1300 ASK UTS (1300 275 887)

Details for student centres:

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UTS Library
The Library has a wide range of resources, facilities and services to support you including textbooks, subject readings, health literature databases, workshops and bookable study rooms. There is also a team of librarians to help you with your questions available via online chat, phone and in person. W:, Facebook: utslibrary, Twitter: @utslibrary Tel: (02) 9514 3666.

Improve your academic and English language skills
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HELPS (Higher Education Language & Presentation Support)
HELPS provides assistance with English language proficiency and academic language. Students who need to develop their written and/or spoken English should make use of the free services offered by HELPS, including academic language workshops, vacation intensive courses, drop-in consultations, individual appointments and Conversations@UTS ( HELPS staff are also available for drop-in consultations at the UTS Library. Phone (02) 9514 9733.

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