Courses Handbook 2006 - [Archived]

156799 v.4 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 Centre for Health Promotion Research, which is the only such research centre in Australia. 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. Human Biology and Applicable Mathematics desirable.

Specific Requirements

STAT elements considered are E and either V or Q. A Personal Information Form is required from all applicants. Contact the School of Public Health, Department of Health Promotion on (08) 9266 7927. Applicants for this course should refer to the Communicable Diseases and Criminal Record Screening and Clearance Section of this publication.

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 underlpin the practice of health promotion. Core studies are recommended in human biology, behavioural sciences, epidemiology and health content areas. In addition, professional practice and research project studies are strongly recommended.

Professional Recognition

Students and graduates are eligible for membership of the Australian Health Promotion Association.

Career Opportunities

Curtin Health Promotion graduates are sought after by employers. Employment can be found in programs at the Health Department of Western Australia in areas such as: injury control, disease control, women's cancer, alcohol and other drugs and QUIT. Other government areas that employ graduates are organisations such as Main Roads, Fire and Emergency Services and Shire Councils. In addition, graduates are employed in non-government organisations such as the National Heart Foundation, Asthma Foundation, Divisions of General Practice and the Cancer Foundation. Career opportunities can also be found in the health sponsorship area and research. Students can also work overseas in developing countries and can structure their course of study to reflect this interest.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

Course Structure



Year 1 Semester 1

1643 v.7   Human Biology 133 4.0 25.0
303168 v.3   Epidemiology and Biostatistics 180 2.0 12.5
307182 v.1   Health and Society 180 3.5 25.0
307195 v.1   Practice of Public Health 180 3.0 25.0
7713 v.9   Health Science Communication 180 2.0 12.5

Year 1 Semester 2

13019 v.2   Psychology 123 3.0 25.0
1644 v.7   Human Biology 134 4.0 25.0
303091 v.3   Epidemiology 186 3.0 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.3   Professional Practice (Health Promotion) 280 4.0 25.0
13121 v.4   Epidemiology 282 5.0 25.0
7378 v.6   Nutrition and Health 288 4.0 25.0
7669 v.6   Physical Activity and Health 288 4.0 25.0

Year 3 Semester 1

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
  SELECT 1 OPTION   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
3954 v.7   Professional Practice (Health Promotion) 386 7.0 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 Credits
7367 v.4   Anthropology 111 - The Anthropological Imagination 3.0 25.0
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.6   Public Relations (Principles) 102 3.0 25.0
11356 v.3   Health and Safety 282 4.0 25.0
11545 v.2   Geography 220 - Sustainable Rural Development in the Third World 4.0 25.0
13020 v.2   Psychology 124 3.0 25.0
13123 v.4   Research Project 386 6.0 25.0
307196 v.1   Systems for Managing Health and Illness in Australia 201 3.0 25.0


Year Location   All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 1 Y        
2006 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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