1. Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of
health and lifespan through clear exposition of the
underlying principles and effective application of the
life-course approach to health.
2. Critically analyse the influences and interrelationship
of physical, social, emotional, psychological and
cultural factors to health and lifespan development.
3. Apply social determinants approach to analyse and
address health disparities across the lifespan.
4. Research and review critically to identify health
promotion needs and effective intervention strategies
to address the critical health issues affecting different
5. Design age appropriate health promotion
interventions tailored to socio-cultural context of
This assignment assesses the learning outcomes around students’ knowledge and ability to analyse a
critical public health issues using life-course approach taking physical, social, psychological,
emotional and cultural factors into account. Students will examine a critical health issue from the
perspective of health promotion interventions and population level prevention approaches to
address the public health issue. Students will demonstrate key understanding of the sociocultural
factors influencing health and development through a briefing paper providing evidence-based
recommendations to address the critical health issue in a particular health promoting setting. This
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assignment will enable student to put evidence into the practice and enhance their professional
writing skills require as a public health practitioner.
A statement may be needed here about what specific skills are developed from this assignment
which may be transferrable to industry such as skills in research and critical appraisal of evidence
and health advocacy.
Student will choose one of the following public health issues in a particular community context or
setting to complete this assignment.
1. Childhood obesity
2. Sexual and reproductive health of adolescence
3. Depression during middle years
4. Dementia during later years
Student will complete this assignment in four sections.
Section 1: Introduction (200 words)
Describe the chosen critical health issue using textbooks and evidence based literature, in relation to
casual factors, populations most at risk and key contributing factors to the health issue. Your
introduction should include a statement about what the briefing paper will address (what is the
purpose of the brief).
Problem Description (200 words)
Students will also provide the global, national and regional prevalence of the issue and identify any
trends in the incidents of the problem with a clear justification as to why it is a significant public
health issue for the chosen population age group.
Section 2: Current evidence-based health promotion interventions and approaches
(600 words)
Students will review contemporary research evidence (5-7 years) to identify health promotion
interventions and approaches designed to address the chosen health issue. Investigate the
effectiveness of the interventions and approaches through a critical and comparative analysis,
considering limitations of the evidence you review.
Section 3: Existing gaps in policy, programs and practice (400 words)
Based on your review of the health promotion interventions and approaches (minimum 2), identify
possible gaps in the evidence you have analysed and your understanding of the health issue and
prevention approaches to the issue which may inform practice in your chosen setting.

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