Health Promotion

Help individuals, groups and communities improve their health and make the healthy choice an easy choice. SoPH pioneers Health Promotion studies in Australia and currently offers the most extensive range of courses of any tertiary institution in the southern hemisphere. Our students also have European study opportunities.

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What is Health Promotion?

Put simply health promotion involves activities to improve individual and community’s health and prevent disease. Health promotion activities offer solutions to many of the health problems facing society through developing skills and knowledge, community action, supportive environments, healthy public policy and reorienting health services.

Demographic, lifestyle and environmental changes over the past few decades have resulted in an increase in morbidity and mortality associated with a range of chronic and infectious diseases in Australia and globally. Health promotion actions not only strengthen individual skills and capabilities, but also influence social, environmental, political and economic conditions to improve health. Health promotion practitioners promote health, prevent disease and protect populations from harm.

With a significant proportion of ill-health related to choices about nutrition, exercise, the use of legal and illegal substances, interpersonal relationships and other social behaviours, health promotion can help us make choices that support well-being.

Our graduates are eligible for professional level membership with the Australian Health Promotion Association.

What does a Health Promotion Professional do?

Health Promotion professionals work in a variety of settings designing and delivering health promotion programs. Good generic skills in such things as project planning, media, advocacy and communication leads to a range of employment options.

Employment can be found at local, state and national government and non-government agencies including the National Heart Foundation, Asthma Foundation, Divisions of General Practice, The Cancer Council, Health Department, Main Roads, Sport and Recreation, local government and many more. Many of our graduates go on to work overseas in developing countries after structuring their course of study to reflect this interest.

Career Opportunities

Health Promotion students graduate with practical as well as theoretical skills, which are highly sought-after by employers. Employment can be found at local, state and national government and non-government agencies including the National Heart Foundation, Asthma Foundation, Divisions of General Practice, Cancer Foundation, Health Department, Main Roads, Fire and Emergency Services, Sport and Recreation, local government and many more. Many of our graduates go on to work overseas in developing countries after structuring their course of study to reflect this interest.

“I cannot begin to explain just how much I have learnt from studying Health Promotion at Curtin and how much this whole experience has changed my life. Having the expertise, support and feedback from my lecturers and tutors was fantastic. Virtually everything I learnt in theory, I later experienced in practice.”

Sharryn Batt, Health Promotion graduate