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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Sue Burney


In this unit students will examine the biological and social determinants of health and illness with an emphasis on aetiology, epidemiology, and intervention. Mediating factors in health and illness such as social support, individual difference constructs, environmental stressors, health beliefs and behaviours will be considered. Students will also receive advanced level training in the development, implementation and evaluation of health promotion programs in conjunction with a health promotion agency.


On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. describe in detail the biological and social determinants of an identified health problem eg., diabetes, CHD, drug and alcohol abuse;
  2. list the mediating factors implicated in the identified health problem;
  3. design a substantial health promotion program to remediate that health problem;
  4. implement the health promotion program;
  5. evaluate the health promotion program;
  6. apply health promotion concepts to a range of health problems.


Journal article (3000 words)(30%)
Health promotion project (6000 words)(70%)

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Sue Burney

Off-campus attendance requirements

Five-day on-campus workshop



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