1 x 2-hour tutorial weekly
1 x 1-hour on-line lecture weekly
1 HLPE1540 - Foundation Studies in Health Education
2 4.5 units of HLTH topics
3 Admission into BHS-Bachelor of Health Sciences
3a Admission into BHSAG-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Ageing)
3b Admission into BHSDH-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Digital Health)
3c Admission into BHSHM-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Health Management)
3d Admission into BHSHP-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Health Promotion)
3e Admission into BHSIN-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Innovation)
3f Admission into BHSPN-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Physiology and Neuroscience)
3g Admission into BHSPS-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Psychology)
3h Admission into BHSTS-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Therapy Studies)
Must Satisfy: ((1) or (2) or ((3 or 3a or 3b or 3c or 3d or 3e or 3f or 3g or 3h)))
Enrolment not permitted
1 of HLPE1504, HLPE3413 has been successfully completed
Tutorial presentation, Portfolio, Quizzes
Topic description
The social determinants of health are the social, economic and political conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age. This topic provides an introduction to the social determinants of health through a history of ideas and an examination of core values and principles in health promotion. Through investigations of research literature and relevant case studies, students will acquire an understanding of health promotion practice that is informed by a social determinants approach. Particular attention will be given to political ideologies, inequity in health across population groups, and actions required for health enhancing social change. Policy processes and the role of communities in policy development will be emphasised.
Educational aims
Students will:

  • develop knowledge of current health issues in Australia and internationally
  • understand the social determinants of health as a conceptual framework that shapes and informs public health, health promotion and health education practice
  • critique health promotion practice from a social determinants perspective
  • develop critical health literacy skills, including a capacity for social action to address the underlying causes of health inequalities
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic students will be able to:

  1. outline the historical and political development of current approaches to public health, health promotion and health education
  2. demonstrate knowledge of health inequities and the concept of the social gradient
  3. analyse the root causes of health inequities between different population groups, including Indigenous peoples
  4. explain the implications of a social determinants approach for health promotion practice
  5. demonstrate ability to engage in health promotion practice that is grounded in a social determinants approach
  6. collaborate effectively with peers