Subject details

  • Topics
    • 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

At the completion of this subject 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
  6. demonstrate an appropriate understanding of academic integrity principles and apply academic writing, referencing and acknowledgement conventions required for the discipline.
  • Assignment 1 - Interventions report (35%)
  • Assignment 2 - Invigilated Exam (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - Determinants research paper (35%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

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

  • CUR-CEH601

Special requirements

No special requirements

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.

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.

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