What is Health Promotion?

The World Health Organization defines the process of health promotion as ‘enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health’.

Reading & Resources

Textbooks & Chapters

Gottwald, M., & Goodman-Brown, J. (2012). A Guide to Practical Health Promotion. McGraw-Hill Education. (Ch1: An introduction to why Health Promotion is Important)

Naidoo, J., & Wills, J. (2016). Foundations for Health Promotion (4th Ed.). Elsevier Health Sciences.

Raingruber, B. (2014). Contemporary health promotion in nursing practice, Jones & Bartlett (Ch 3: Health promotion theories.)

Scriven, A. (2010). Promoting Health: A Practical Guide. Elsevier Health Sciences. [Ch 2: What is Health Promotion]

Tones, K., Green, J., Cross, R. and Woodall, J. (2015). Health Promotion: Planning and Strategies (3rd Ed.). London: Sage.


World Health Organisation - Health Promotion

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Related Journal Articles

Tannahill, A. (2009). Health promotion: the Tannahill model revisited. Public Health, 123(5), 396-399. http://www.publichealthjrnl.com/article/S0033-3506(09)00059-6/abstract

Mittelmark, M. B., & Bull, T. (2013). The salutogenic model of health in health promotion research. Global Health Promotion, 20(2), 30-38.

Mittelmark, M. B., Sagy, S., Eriksson, M., Bauer, G. F., Pelikan, J. M., Lindström, B., & Espnes, G. A. (2017). The handbook of salutogenesis. Springer. [open access]