Health Promotion Major
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).
Availability & Campus
|Unit Code||Unit Title||Credit Points|
|HST1125||Health Priorities and Human Behaviour||15|
|HST1120||Introduction to Health Promotion||15|
|HST1183||Health, Society and Sustainability||15|
|HST2220||Health Promotion Planning and Administration||15|
|HST2120||Community Development in Health Promotion||15|
|HST3100||Child and Adolescent Health||15|
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
- Apply broad discipline knowledge to a range of theoretical and practical Health Science situations.
- Communicate disciplinary knowledge and values in professional and public contexts.
- Demonstrate a global outlook with respect for cultural diversity, including Indigenous cultural competence.
- Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and judgement for own learning and professional practice.
- Think creatively to anticipate challenges and generate discipline specific solutions/responses.
- Think critically to analyse, interpret and conceptualise complex Health Science problems.
- Use digital technologies and literacies to access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information from multiple sources.
- Work collaboratively and demonstrate initiative to implement social, sustainable, and ethical values.
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
"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.