Foundations of Public Health - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Determinants research paper (35%) , Assignment 2 - Interventions report (35%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,800.00
International 3,050.00

Introduction to public health, its origins and development. Environmental, social and biological determinants. Measurement and surveillance. Major public health issues globally and with Indigenous peoples. Planning, implementing and evaluating public health interventions. Public health topics explored include: environmental health, public health nutrition, sexual health, emergency and disaster management, health promotion, ethics, occupational health & safety, developing partnerships and influencing policy and legislation.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. define public health and describe its origins, historical development and measurement
  2. identify, analyse and explain major public health determinants globally and with Indigenous people
  3. identify, analyse and critique the major elements of successful public health interventions globally and with Indigenous people
  4. analyse public health issues and discuss them in relation to current public health practices and perspectives
  5. analyse, critique and communicate an in-depth understanding of the relevant determinants and interventions for one public health issue of personal interest.
  • Assignment 1 — Determinants research paper (35%)
  • Assignment 2 — Interventions report (35%)
  • Invigilated Exam (30%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • CEH601 — Foundations of Public Health

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Definitions in public health
2History of public health
3Structure, values and ethics in public health
4Public health in developing / developed countries
5Measurement in public health
6Causal theory
7Agents affecting health
8Host factors in public health
9Environmental determinants in public health
10Interventions in communicable/non-communicable diseases
11Introduction to health promotion
12Information systems in public health
13Managing public health programs

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