HIP302 Understanding Healthy Communities (8)

This subject equips students with skills and knowledge about health promotion, community health and community development. Students will learn about: evaluating community needs and strengths; developing programs to meet identified needs and build on existing strengths; and how programs are planned, implemented and evaluated in a community focused, culturally competent and ethical way. 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, community engagement and community capacity building, will be discussed. Knowledge and skills developed in the subject will prepare students for working in community based practice in a variety of health and community settings. 

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Albury-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

Grading System



One session


School of Community Health

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to evaluate the interdisciplinary nature of primary health care and new public health
  • be able to justify the interdisciplinary nature of health promotion and community development
  • be able to evaluate regional, national, and international political, social, cultural and environmental agendas affecting current developments in health promotion and community development
  • be able to describe strategies used when working in collaboration with others, including building relationships with Indigenous Australian communities and other communities from a range of cultural and linguistic backgrounds
  • be able to utilise a variety of methods to assess community capacity and facilitate community action
  • be able to critically appraise the strengths and limitations of a variety of models of health promotion and community development
  • be able to demonstrate key leadership characteristics and capabilities to effect positive change in the context of health promotion and community development
  • be able to apply information and data to different contexts to facilitate planning, implementation and evaluation of a health promotion project
  • be able to critically reflect on and challenge the values intrinsic in health promotion and community development including: human rights, equity, equality, social justice, cultural competency, cultural humility and empowerment
  • be able to critically examine personal power, privilege and practice within the broader context of history, assumptions and characteristics that structure Australian society, and the way those factors shape contemporary engagement with Indigenous Australian communities


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Primary health care and New Public Health
  • The international primary health care movement
  • Concepts of health and wellness from health promotion and community health perspectives
  • Political, social, cultural and environmental agendas shaping public health, community health and health promotion
  • Concepts and values in health promotion
  • Models of health promotion
  • Conceptual approaches to community development and community work
  • Community participation
  • Community capacity assessment
  • Health promotion and community development project planning, including budgeting, grant writing
  • Health promotion and community development program implementation
  • Practice frameworks for working with communities
  • Partnerships in working with communities, particularly Indigenous Australian communities
  • Community leadership
  • Health promotion and community development program evaluation


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.