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HPS947 - Health Promotion Psychology

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:

J Toumbourou

Contact hours: 3 hours per week
Note: You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


This unit will provide an introduction to the way in which psychological and behavioural theory and practice contribute to effective health promotion. The unit is designed to advance knowledge and skills relevant to the practical application of psychology to population health improvement. The unit is taught using a problem-based learning strategy. Students select a health problem and population target. Research is gathered to identify social and psychological determinants influencing the health problem within the population. Current social and psychological theory is then used to develop a health promotion program proposal specifying the evidence as to how the program activities impact the health problem. Students will also be required to describe how the proposal can be evaluated. To encourage professional skill development a component of assessment is based on public presentation to the class members.


1 oral presentation 20%, 1 written brochure (1500 words) 30%, 1 final grant proposal (3500 words) 50%

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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