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EHR129 Contemporary Perspectives of Health (8)

Abstract

In this subject, students will examine the multi-dimensional and dynamic nature of health and explore the factors that determine health status and influence “meanings of health”. The notion of health as a social construct will be investigated by examining international frameworks of health promotion. Young people will act as a case study population for investigation, and healthy eating habits and physical activity will act as study foci. Through the design of a health promotion strategy that responds to the health needs of young people, this subject offers students the opportunity to apply both a settings and population approach to health promotion, and incorporate the principles of social justice.

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Session 2
OnlineBathurst Campus
On CampusBathurst Campus
On CampusPort Macquarie
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Teacher Education

Enrolment restrictions

Available to students in: Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (Sport Management) Bachelor of Education (Health & PE) Bachelor of Educational Studies or as approved by the Course Director.
 
Incompatible subject(s)
EHR123

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe the multi-dimensional and dynamic nature of health;
  • be able to explore the notion of health as a social construct;
  • be able to evaluate the impact of key health promotion policies on health status;
  • be able to critique the role of epidemiology in informing strategies for health promotion;
  • be able to explain the factors that determine health status and influence meanings of health;
  • be able to argue the efficacy of the socio-ecological approach in promoting social responsibility for health;
  • be able to employ the principles of social justice to the design of a health promotion strategy to support the health of young people;
  • be able to apply the settings and population approaches to the design of a health promotion strategy to support the health of young people.

Syllabus

The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Defining health and health promotion;
  • The continuum - promotion, prevention, early intervention, treatment, rehabilitation;
  • Exploring milestones in health promotion;
  • Exploring meanings of health - for different populations; as a social construct;
  • Examining the multi-dimensional and dynamic nature of health;
  • Models for health promotion - biomedical; social; ecological;
  • Measuring health status - using young people; insufficient physical activity and childhood obesity as a case study;
  • Critiquing the role of epidemiology in health promotion;
  • Factors determining health status/meanings of health - genetic; socio-economic; social; cultural; geographic; environmental;
  • Exploring human rights discourses in health;
  • Social justice principles;
  • Health inequities in populations of young people;
  • Populations approach to health promotion;
  • Settings approach to health promotion - schools; community spaces; workplaces;
  • Global responses to health problems in populations of young people - insufficient physical activity; childhood obesity.

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 24 November 2017. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.