Young adults are a frequent target of health promotion campaigns in Australia yet there is evidence to suggest that this cohort has little understanding of the nature and intent of Public Health initiatives in their own environment. This paper describes the results of a study that evaluated the knowledge and understanding of public health of a sample of 333 first year health science students at an Australian University.
Students were asked to submit photographs depicting their ideas about public health and accompany these with a written rationale for their choices. The results of the study suggest that the students at this level have a narrow interpretation of public health and do not understand the organized nature of public health efforts or the aims of such initiatives.
This study provides important insight into the thinking of this cohort of young Australians, both in the context of preparing them for future careers in public health as well as in relation to their response to health promotion campaigns targeting them.
|Keywords:||This is Public Health Campaign, University Students, Understanding, Australia, Health Promotion Campaigns|
Associate Lecturer, School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Science, City Campus, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Lecturer in Public Health, School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Latrobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia