Subject details

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

  1. evaluate the effectiveness of government institutions designed to protect public health at local, state, national and international levels
  2. assess risks and barriers associated with public health issues using various impact assessment tools and frameworks
  3. evaluate the use of economic/financial instruments such as taxation to address contemporary public health issues.

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

  • CUR-MPH-GCE-2019
  • CUR-MPH-GDI-2019
  • CUR-MPH-MAS-2019
  • CUR-HIM-GDI-2019
  • CUR-HIM-MAS-2019
  • CUR-MPH-GDI-2019

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject provides students with the opportunity to analyse the institutions of government that are critical to achieving positive health impacts or addressing potential barriers to achieving positive health impacts. It examines public health impacts in low, middle and high income countries. Students will identify and assess risks to public health using risk and impact assessment frameworks. They will examine the role of legislation, regulation & standards, taxation and trade agreements for advancing public health. Examples will be drawn from environmental health, public health nutrition, occupational health and safety, communicable disease control, climate change, emergency preparedness and disaster management.

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.

  • Written Report (35%)
  • Oral Presentation (group) (25%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)

Textbook information is pending.

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