In this course you’ll gain a keen understanding of social, political, economic and environmental factors that influence health.
You’ll discover ways to plan and implement health promotion strategies such as health policy, advocacy, community education or development, and you’ll be trained to evaluate their benefits and effectiveness.
In your first year you'll study the foundations of public health including biostatistics, epidemiology and human biology, and health in social and cultural contexts. Throughout your second and third years you'll learn about social justice and how to improve the health of marginalised people. You'll also participate in fieldwork visits and complete an on-campus health promotion project.
In your final year you’ll complete a 100-hour professional placement with a health promotion organisation to develop and practice important industry skills and competencies before you graduate. There are also opportunities to progress your skills and expertise in a supportive, professional environment at CERIPH, an internationally acclaimed research centre located at Curtin Perth, as well as optional overseas study tours.
Double degree options
You can study a Bachelor of Science (Health Promotion) as part of a double degree with a Bachelor of Science (Health and Safety).
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
What jobs can the Health Promotion lead to?
- Community development officer
- Health promotion officer
- Policy officer
- Project officer
- Research officer
- Workplace health coordinator.
- Community health
- Health research
- International aid
- Local and state government
- Non-government organisations
What you'll learn
- apply health promotion concepts and practice to enhance the health and well-being of populations. Demonstrate an understanding of human health, illness and wellbeing from a biological and social context.
- critically analyse issues relevant to health promotion. Think creatively to generate innovative solutions to promote health
- access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information to develop sustainable health promotion programs
- communication with professional and community members to promote health using effective written and oral communication. Communicate with individual and groups to advocate for improved health. Emphasise the significance of health promotion research to the scientific community using effective methods of communication
- effectively use new and existing technologies to gather information, analyse data and communicate
- take responsibility for own learning and professional development in the health promotion field
- apply international perspectives and principles to healthy promotion
- demonstrate understanding and respect for individual human rights and cultural diversity
- work professionally and ethically across a range of settings. Demonstrate independence and leadership in project management