Health promotion projects: skill and attitude learning for medical students

Med Educ. 1999 Aug;33(8):585-91. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2923.1999.00438.x.


Objectives: The aim of this health promotion project is to introduce students to appropriate skills and attitudes--as well as knowledge about health promotion strategies and methods. As part of this process, standardized procedures have been established to ensure that the projects are scientifically and ethically appropriate and adequately supervised. This project-centred course introduces the discipline of health promotion to third-year medical students at Monash University. It is aimed at introducing students to the range of health promotion concepts, providing them with experience of health promotion activities and involving them in consideration of the scientific, political and ethical issues arising from doctors' participation in health promotion.

Design: As the major learning and assessment component of the unit, students participate in self-selected project groups of three to five students. Each group develops a topic for a health promotion activity in the community, carries out that project and presents the results as a poster as well as a written report.

Setting: Monash University.

Subjects: Third-year medical students.

Results: Sixty per cent of each student's mark for the unit is based on the project. The posters produced by the project groups are placed on public display in a major teaching hospital for a week at the end of the unit. Public display of the posters helps each student to appreciate the variety of possible health promotion activities, and to appreciate health promotion as a scientific discipline. It also makes the project findings available to the public.

Conclusions: Student evaluation of the project, and community response to the projects--especially the poster display-- indicate that the project is both a highly effective learning experience and a health-promoting activity in its own right.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude*
  • Australia
  • Education, Medical, Undergraduate / methods*
  • Group Processes
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Humans
  • Students, Medical / psychology*
  • Teaching / methods