HIP302 Understanding Healthy Communities (8)


This subject equips students with skills and knowledge about health promotion, community development, management, and leadership. Students will learn about evaluating community need, developing programs to meet identified needs, and how programs are implemented and evaluated. This will be complemented by learning about funding sources, how to write a grant application, and how to manage a budget. Leadership skills such as creating a common purpose, bringing people together, and balancing task and group processes will be discussed. Students will develop their leadership, community development, and project implementation skills.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalAlbury-Wodonga Campus
DistanceAlbury-Wodonga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HIP302
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sesssionHD/FLSchool of Community Health

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
Be able to:
  • describe regional, national, and international political agendas affecting current developments in rural and urban health and wellness programs
  • describe the interdisciplinary nature of health promotion and community development
  • describe strategies used when working in collaboration with others
  • discuss issues of health and wellbeing at a community level
  • discuss the theory and practice of health promotion and community development
  • describe a variety of methods used to assess community health needs
  • demonstrate an understanding of the process of grant writing and program management, including budgeting
  • critically appraise the strengths and limitations of a variety of approaches to health promotion and community development
  • describe several approaches to leadership
  • describe several strategies for facilitating effective community leadership


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Concepts of health and wellness
  • Rurality and health
  • Theoretical and practical perspectives of health promotion for different communities
  • Community profiling
  • Community needs assessment
  • Health promotion program planning, delivery, and evaluation
  • Working with the media and preparation of a media release
  • The use of visual material in health promotion
  • Social model of health
  • The international primary health care movement
  • The politics of health care
  • Developing community profiles and undertaking community consultation
  • Program development and delivery
  • Program evaluation
  • Grant writing
  • Budgeting
  • Project management
  • Leadership theory and skills


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.