Courses Handbook 2010

156799 v.5 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 on telephone (08) 9266 4583, email:, website:

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.7   Fundamentals of Public Health Nutrition 282 4.0 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
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
312198 v.1   Professional Practice in Public Health 383 2.0 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* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2010 Bentley Campus Semester 1 Y        
2010 Bentley Campus Semester 2 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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