Health of Populations and Young People

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Health of Populations and Young People

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Health Science, Public Health

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Assumed Knowledge

    Foundations in Health and Physical Education EDUC1015 / Foundations in Health PUBH1010

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview


    This course aims to provide students with an understanding of issues and concepts which are important in the health and personal development strands of the PDHPE key learning area (Health component of New Australian Curriculum HPE). Three key course modules will be covered providing students with an opportunity to think both critically and creatively about health issues impacting on different population groups within the community, the determinants of these, and consider health promotion strategies for addressing them in schools. The course also addresses issues affecting young people, at an individual, school and community level, with a particular focus on the priority issues of drug use and road safety.

    Learning Outcomes

    1. Critically analyse the current status of, and key issues affecting, the health of Australian population sub-groups using appropriate indicators and epidemiological concepts;

    2. Apply a systematic approach to the identification of priority health issues for a population and understand the main determinants of those issues;

    3. Understand the philosophy and purpose of drug and alcohol education in schools and the application of harm minimisation strategies;

    4. Identify and appropriately intervene with school students who are at risk of drug use or drug & alcohol-related harm;

    5. Critically analyse the nature and main causes of road trauma including influences on decision-making and risk taking in young people.


    Health status of populations.
    Young people and drugs & alcohol.
    Young people and road safety

    Assessment Items

    Report: Report

    Online Learning Activity: Discussion Forum

    Formal Examination: Examination

    Contact Hours


    Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


    Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.