Politics and Power in Public Health - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Critical reflection paper (30%) , Assignment 2 - Parliamentary submission (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,800.00
International 3,050.00

This unit was previously known as Health Promotion Partnerships, Politics and Power.

Health promotion demands that individuals not be treated in isolation from the larger social context in which they live, work and play. This unit seeks to extend your understanding of the ways in which we can promote health through the development of healthy public policy and supportive environments. To do this effectively we need to understand the power structures and decision making contexts which shape the health of our society and those that we may need to influence to improve health status. In this unit you will explore systems, policies and legislation which impact on health and opportunities to work collaboratively across sectors to reduce health inequities. You will also critically assess political ideologies, corporate influences on health, and examine the role of advocacy in public health. This unit involves both a theoretical and practical understanding of the social determinants of health and contemporary political issues.

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

  1. critique public policy using the foundational concepts of health promotion
  2. develop persuasive arguments to influence legislation and public opinion
  3. demonstrate knowledge of and facility with advocacy strategies and techniques which reflect health promotion principles.
  • Assignment 1 — Critical reflection paper (30%)
  • Assignment 2 — Parliamentary submission (30%)
  • Assignment 3 — Journal article (40%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1The settings approach
2Ethics, health and public policy
3Three governments and the legislative process
4Power, influence and reform
5Ethics, empowerment and enforcement
6Sustainable cities
7Climate change and public health
8International contexts and conflicts

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  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
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Required textbooks

  • How Politics Makes Us Sick: Neoliberal Epidemics

    By:Schrecker, Professor Ted

    ISBN: 9781137463098


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