Subject details

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

  1. critique different perspectives on health, its measurement, determinants and patterns
  2. define public health and analyse its origins, historical development and contemporary approaches
  3. evaluate the role of ethics, equity and evidence in addressing inequality in the context of public health
  4. demonstrate an appropriate understanding of academic integrity principles and apply academic writing, referencing and acknowledgement conventions required for the discipline
    • Introduction to public health
    • Biological health determinants
    • Environmental health determinants
    • Social health determinants
    • Global public health
    • Public health measurement and surveillance
    • Health promotion
    • Policy, politics and power
    • Indigenous public health
    • Public health nutrition
    • Climate change and public health
    • Occupational health and safety
    • Emergencies, disasters and public health
    • Sexuality and public health
    • Public health ethics

Equivalent subjects

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

  • CUR-CEH601

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as Foundations of Public Health.

This subject introduces students to public health as an organised global and local effort to prevent illness and promote and protect the public’s health. It will explore principles and practice of public health - past, present and future. It frames public health in its historical, political and cultural contexts to enable student to engage critically and conceptually with contemporary public health theory and practice. Public health issues, both local and global, are used as case studies to assist students to develop the knowledge, skills and conceptual vocabulary necessary to analyse public health challenges and articulate possible solutions. This subject will cover: historical contexts and developments; frameworks, theory and multidisciplinary approaches; the pillars of protection, prevention and promotion; the determinants of health and illness of populations; global and indigenous public health; ethics, equity and evidence in public health.

Please Note:  If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

  • Online Short Answer Assessment (15%)
  • Critical paper (35%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)

Textbook information is pending.

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