Bachelor of Science (Health Promotion)

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  • Objectives
    Health promotion activities offer solutions to many of the health problems facing society. This course will offer you a unique study combination, aligning knowledge of the science of the human body with health issues and health promotion, and providing a balance of both theoretical and practical work. This course will enable you to develop appropriate knowledge and skills in the principles and processes of planning, implementing and evaluating health promotion programs in various settings, including the media, schools, work sites and the community. You will explore specialist health promotion areas of planning, working with the media, strategies and methods for promotion and evaluation, and cover health issues such as alcohol and other drugs, injury control, cancer, nutrition, physical activity and mental health. Core studies in human biology, behavioural sciences, research methods, epidemiology and other health-related disciplines will also provide you with the background knowledge required to succeed in your career. Fieldwork is incorporated into the second and third years of this course and your learning will be reinforced through professional practice placements at government agencies such as the Health Department of Western Australia, and non-government agencies such as the National Heart Foundation and the Cancer Council Western Australia.
  • Entry requirements
    At least one TEE science subject. TEE Human Biology and Applicable Mathematics desirable.
  • Academic title
    Bachelor of Science (Health Promotion)
  • Course description
    Bachelor of Science (Health Promotion)


    Course CRICOS Code: 003779B
    Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 3 Years


    This course combines the scientific understanding of the human body with the knowledge and skills for addressing health issues and promoting health in individuals and the community, ensuring graduates obtain the skills to be competent professionals in the field of health promotion. The course content lends itself to innovative teaching methods and fieldwork is incorporated in the second and third years. The School of Public Health is affiliated with the WA Centre for Health Promotion Research. Through the major grants it attracts, it offers staff and students the opportunity to participate in ground breaking health promotion research.

    Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

    At least one TEE science subject. TEE Human Biology and Applicable Mathematics are desirable.

    Specific Requirements

    STAT elements considered are E and either V or Q. STAT applicants will be required to meet entry prerequisites by completing enabling units. This study may extend the duration of the course. Applicants for this course should refer to the Clinical Health Sciences section (see page 36) and Police Clearances (see page 5).

    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.

    Duration and Availability

    This course is three years full-time or equivalent part-time study. This course is offered by distance education mode.

    Course Organisation

    The course is designed to develop appropriate knowledge and skills in the principles and the processes of planning, implementing and evaluating health promotion programs in various settings including clinical, school, worksite and the community. As well as specialist health promotion units in planning, methodology and evaluation, students complete studies in the multidisciplinary areas that underpin the practice of health promotion. Core studies are in human biology, behavioural sciences, epidemiology and health content areas. In addition, professional practice and research project studies are part of the course. There is one elective unit.

    Professional Recognition

    Students and graduates are eligible for membership of the Australian Health Promotion Association.

    Career Opportunities

    Health Promotion students graduate with practical as well as theoretical skills, which are highly sought after by employers. Employment may be found at local, state and national government and non government agencies including the Health Department, National Heart Foundation, Divisions of General Practice, Cancer Councils, Main Roads, local government and many more. Diverse areas of work are covered including injury control, alcohol and other drugs, sexual health and physical activity plus health sponsorship and research. Students can also work overseas in developing countries and can structure their course to reflect this interest.

    Additional Course Expenses

    Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

    Further Information

    Contact staff in the Faculty of Health Sciences.

    Combined Degree Information

    Health Promotion may be combined with Health and Safety, Nutrition.

    Course Structure Disclaimer
    Curtin University reserves the right to alter the internal composition of any course to ensure learning outcomes retain maximum relevance. Any changes to the internal composition of a course will protect the right of students to complete the course within the normal timeframe and will not result in additional cost to students through a requirement to undertake additional units.

    Course Structure                                                                         Hrs/Wk     Credit

    Year 1 Semester 1

    13019       v.2           Psychology 123                                                     3.0     25.0
    1643         v.7           Human Biology 133                                               4.0     25.0
    303168     v.3           Epidemiology and Biostatistics 180                       2.0     12.5
    311438     v.1           Global and Indigenous Public Health 180              4.0     25.0
    7713         v.9           Health Science Communication 180                       2.0     12.5

    Year 1 Semester 2

    1644         v.7           Human Biology 134                                              4.0     25.0
    307195     v.2           Practice of Public Health 180                                4.0     25.0
    311439     v.1           Physical Activity and Health 188                           4.0     25.0
    8857         v.8           Alcohol and Other Drugs 188                               4.0     25.0

    Year 2 Semester 1
    300885     v.2           Cancer Control 286                                             4.0     25.0
    3952         v.8           Health Promotion Methods 285                           4.0     25.0
    7685         v.5           Mental Health Promotion 288                              4.0     25.0
    7924         v.7           Injury Control 288                                               4.0     25.0

    Year 2 Semester 2

    12479       v.4           Professional Practice (Health Promotion) 280         4.0     25.0
    311440     v.1           Epidemiology 286                                                    4.0     25.0
    7378         v.6           Nutrition and Health 288                                         4.0     25.0
                                    SELECT OPTIONAL UNITS TO THE TOTAL VALUE OF:           25.0

    Year 3 Semester 1
    311351     v.1           Applied Research and Biostatistics 381                 10.0     25.0
    3953         v.7           Professional Practice (Health Promotion) 385          4.0     25.0
    8700         v.6           Health Promotion Planning 381                               4.0     25.0
    9818         v.8           Health Promotion Methods 387                               4.0     25.0
                                     SELECT 1 OPTION           

    Year 3 Semester 2

    10642       v.5           Evaluation of Health Promotion 388                         4.0     25.0
    301808     v.4           Settings in Health Promotion 383                             4.0     25.0
    3954         v.7           Professional Practice (Health Promotion) 386           7.0     25.0
    13123       v.4           Research Project 386     6.0                                               25.0
    8701         v.9           Health Promotion, Media and Advocacy 382              4.0    25.0

    Optional Units to Select from in Year 3 Semester 1                                 Hrs/Wk     Credit

    10101       v.5           Introduction to Indigenous Australians 101                         3.0     25.0
    10848       v.2           Management 100                                                                 3.0     25.0
    10850       v.4           Marketing 100                                                                      3.0     25.0
    10855       v.7           Public Relations (Principles) 201                                           3.0     25.0
    13020       v.2           Psychology 124                                                                    3.0     25.0
    13123       v.4           Research Project 386                                                           6.0     25.0
    307196     v.2           Health Care Systems in Australia 201                                  3.0     25.0
    7367         v.4           Anthropology 111 - The Anthropological Imagination           3.0     25.0

    Year      Location                 Period             All*    
    2009     Bentley Campus     Semester 1     Y                       

    The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

    *The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

    ^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

    #Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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