Social Policy, Health and Welfare

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Semester 1 2017 3-7 April 2017 3 April NTI Wollongong Campus

Social Policy, Health, and Welfare’ examines the nature of public health and public health policy frameworks and issues and explores the cultural and social dimensions of health and wellness and the economic and political environment in which health policies and strategies are developed and implemented. The importance of social justice and equity in health care is emphasised.

This subject addresses the determinants of health and achieving improved health outcomes for individuals, carers, communities and populations. Students will practise skills needed to conduct a needs analysis and plan and evaluate an intervention for a health promotion project.

Students will:

  • Explore and critically emphasise the history, issues, theory and emerging trends of health promotion and health behaviours.
  • Identify the determinants of health, and the barriers and factors influencing health promotion.
  • Compare and contrast concepts of health as an investment and health as a social justice issue.
  • Critically analyse ways of working effectively with individuals, carers and communities.
  • Develop the basic project management skills for conducting a needs analysis, planning strategies to deal with health issues, and evaluating initiatives.

Who is it for?

‘Health and Social Wellbeing’ courses are relevant to people working in a diverse range of fields. For example:

  • Counselling
  • Therapy/Mind-Body Therapies
  • Mental Health
  • Aged Care
  • Psychology/Psychiatry/Social Work
  • Health Services/Health Promotion
  • Chronic illness/Pain Management
  • Education
  • Welfare Organisations, Aid, Community Centres
  • Community Development
  • Youth
  • Rehabilitation
  • Disability Sector
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise Science
  • Sport
  • Business Management/HR, Mentoring, Coaching, Organisational Development
  • Life coaching


Preliminary reading

1 week – 12– 18 September 2016

Lectures and workshops (5 day intensive on-campus)

19 September - 23 September 2016 (9:00am - 5:00pm daily)


3 weeks - Final assignments due 14 October 2016


Attendance and class participation

Lecture Week


Class presentation and discussion of reports (15 minutes)

Lecture week


Assignment on public health (1,500 words)

30 September 2016


Group project on a health promotion project (2,500 words) and individual report (1,000 words)

14 October 2016



‘Social Policy, Health, and Welfare ‘ is an elective subject in Nan Tien Institute’s postgraduate Health and Social Wellbeing program.

This 6 credit point subject can be an elective in:

Masters (Health and Social Wellbeing)

72 credit points

Graduate Diploma of Health and Social Wellbeing

48 credit points

Graduate Certificate in Health and Social Wellbeing

24 credit points

Study costs/scholarships

The total subject cost is $1,250.00 for Domestic students, and $1,600.00 for International students.

Australian students


International students


Entry requirements

There are no prerequisites to study this subject as a non-award student.

There are academic and/or program and work experience prerequisites for studying this subject as part of the NTI Health and Social Wellbeing program. Contact NTI for details on entry requirements.