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HPS947 - Health Promotion Psychology

Unit details


2017 unit information

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

John Toumbourou



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

1 x 3 hour seminar per week


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.


Assessment task 1: Oral presentation 20%

Assessment task 2: Written brochure (1500 words) 30%

Assessment task 3: Final grant proposal (3500 words) 50%

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