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Health Promotion Major

Code MAAAHV

Prepares students for a role as a health promotion professional in a changing global environment.

Health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over their health by strengthening their skills and capabilities and reducing inequalities in the community. Students will cover planning, development and implementation of health promotion policies and projects, such as Quit Smoking, Be Active or LiveLighter, using a variety of strategies, including e-health, mass media, community development and engagement processes, advocacy, social marketing, research and evaluation. The content also covers various health promotion settings (e.g schools and rural areas) and population groups (e.g refugees and minority groups, youth, and the ageing population).

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Unit set overview

Code

MAAAHV

Availability & Campus

JO ML BU OL
JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online

Professional Recognition

  • This Major has been Accredited by: International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE).

    This professional accreditation offers graduates recognition internationally in health promotion practice and education. Graduates of the Bachelor of Health Science (majoring in Health Promotion) are eligible to apply for recognition as an IUHPE Registered Health Promotion practitioner, and have their name recorded on the IUHPE Health Promotion Accreditation System Global Register for a period of three years. Re-registration is based on agreed criteria for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) every three years.

    This professional recognition only applies when you study this Major in the following course:

Details

Structure

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
HST1125Health Priorities and Human Behaviour15
HST1120Introduction to Health Promotion15
HST1183Health, Society and Sustainability15
HST2124Health Communication15
HST2220Health Promotion Planning and Administration15
HST2120Community Development in Health Promotion15
HST3100Child and Adolescent Health15
HST3101Healthy Ageing15

For more detailed unit information for this Major take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

Notes

Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply broad discipline knowledge to a range of theoretical and practical Health Science situations.
  2. Think critically to analyse, interpret and conceptualise complex Health Science problems.
  3. Think creatively to anticipate challenges and generate discipline specific solutions/responses.
  4. Use digital technologies and literacies to access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information from multiple sources.
  5. Communicate disciplinary knowledge and values in professional and public contexts.
  6. Demonstrate a global outlook with respect for cultural diversity, including Indigenous cultural competence.
  7. Work collaboratively and demonstrate initiative to implement social, sustainable, and ethical values.
  8. Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and judgement for own learning and professional practice.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities

There are dynamic career pathways available for working as a Health Promotion practitioner with communities and across Government, not-for-profit organisations and other workplaces where wellness and safety is valued.

Possible future job titles

Aged Care Worker, Asthma WA Worker, Diabetes Australia Worker, Cancer Council Worker, Disability WA Worker, Child Protection Officer, Health Promotion Officer, Injury Prevention Officer, Mental Health Worker, Men's Health Worker, Women's Health Worker, Health Project Coordinator

This Major can be studied in the following courses

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Student stories

Reearna Morgan

Reearna Morgan

Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition and Health Promotion majors) graduate

"I'm so grateful I was able to do a practicum placement - it was significant to my success and led to paid employment."

I chose Nutrition and Health Promotion as I was interested in the idea of helping people become aware of how easy healthy eating could be and empowering vulnerable populations to make healthier choices.

The lecturers were engaging, knowledgeable and most importantly approachable, and I felt comfortable asking for help when I needed it.

The highlight of my degree was the practicum placement I undertook. I was able to use my knowledge in a practical setting and it kick-started my career, which led to a number of amazing opportunities. I am so grateful I was able to do a practicum placement as it was significant to my success and it led to paid employment.

Following on from this, I landed my dream job at Foodbank WA. This wouldn't have been possible without help from my lecturers and the practicum placements that ECU offers.