Health Promotion

Health is created and lived by people within the settings of their everyday life; where they learn, work, play and love. Health is created by caring for oneself and others, by being able to take decisions and have control over one's life circumstances, and by ensuring that the society one lives in creates conditions that allow the attainment of health by all its members.

The Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion, First International Conference on Health Promotion – Ottawa, 21 November 1986


The Monash University Short Course in Health Promotion is provided to meet the growing demand for health promotion in organisations and communities in the public, private and not for profit sectors. In this course, participants will learn about health promotion concepts, frameworks and core skills to increase the success of their health promotion practice.

Participants will have opportunities to network and share experiences with people with similar interests. The course will be discussion-focused, using examples from practice for practical applications of the concepts and frameworks covered in the course.

Course structure

Day 1: Concepts and principles
Day 2: Program planning
Day 3: Program evaluation
Day 4: Capacity building, sustainability, public policy and advocacy

Day One of the course begins by covering the core principles of health promotion, the history of its development and an introduction to the social model of health.

This sets participants up for Days Two and Three where we work together in small groups to develop health promotion program plans based on the program planning and evaluation material covered on these days. The course includes building skills in writing objectives, setting indicators and the appropriate methodology for program evaluation. Participants suggest 4 or 5 different health related topics which they work on in small groups to develop a program plan for each health topic. The health topics therefore vary each course and are reflective of the needs and interests of the group.

Day Four of the course covers the topics of capacity building and sustainability to assist in finalising the development of the program plans. Advocacy is also presented on this day and the small groups have the opportunity to share with each other the program plans they have developed.

Who should attend?

The course is open to any person involved, or wanting to be involved in health promotion.

While the information contained herein was correct at the date of publication, Monash University reserves the right to alter procedures, fees and regulations should the need arise.