Welcome to Public Health and Health Promotion field education

Learning knowledge practice

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Health promotion combines a range of activities directed at raising the health of individuals and populations. Broadly put, health promotion is based on the World Health Organization perspective that health is a complete state of physical, mental, social and spiritual wellbeing, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Health promotion is not just concerned with education: rather it is concerned with developing people's physical, social, economic, domestic and work environments to support their health and wellbeing. Health promotion also emphasises developing the ability of people to influence and shape their own environments and health, especially when they act collectively.

Importance of field education

Health promotion work placements provide undergraduate students, university staff and field supervisors with the opportunity to work together to develop the student’s capacity to undertake health promotion practice. Host agencies also benefit from the work placement program as the tasks completed by students often make significant contributions to the achievement of key organisational goals.

How long are placements?

Students must complete a total of 120 hours of practical field work in conjunction with a series of university workshops.

When are placements in Health Promotion?

Placements are run over all University trimesters for third year health promotion students and can be undertaken throughout the trimester, on a staggered 2-3 days per week basis or condensed into a full-time 3-4 week block.

What are the prerequisites for field education?

Students must be in their third year of the Health Promotion degree and have passed HSH201, Planning and Evaluation 1.

Student vs. paid worker

Students do not need to be paid for work undertaken while on work placements. However, the School of Health and Social Development expects that if any costs are incurred in undertaking assigned work, then students would be appropriately reimbursed.


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