Principles of Public Health
Undergraduate | LTU-PHE1005 | 2024
- Study method
- 100% online
- 100% online
- Entry requirements
- Prior study needed
- 12 weeks
- Start dates
- 4 Mar 2024
HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP available
Principles of Public Health
About this subject
On successful completion you will be able to:
- Introduce and critically analyse the various concepts, values and strategies relating to public health in Australia and internationally.
- Outline the often conflicting roles and interests held by the various stakeholders engaged in or affected by public health activities.
- Critically articulate the applicability of various public health strategies across levels of society.
- Engage with colleague to examine the strengths and limitations of public health as a discipline with regards to working with vulnerable communities within societies.
- What is Public Health?
- A Global Charter for the Public’s Health
- Evidence, Ethics and Human Rights
- Inequalities and Inequities
- Determinants of Health
- Health Protection
- Disease Prevention
- Health Promotion
- Enabling Functions of Public Health
- Contexts of Public Health
- Future Challenges for Public Health
- Subject Wrap Up
This subject introduces you to the concepts and principles of public health as they relate to various times in history and diverse contexts, populations and health challenges. You will acquire an understanding of the environmental, sociocultural, political, economic, technological, organisational, behavioural and genetic factors that interact to shape the health of communities and populations. You will identify and evaluate the range, strengths and weaknesses of evidence that informs public health policies, programs and practice, along with major ethical considerations. Public health successes and failures, and contemporary approaches to protecting and improving health, preventing and controlling disease and injury, and reducing health inequalities will be explored. These will reveal core functions of public health systems such as surveillance and monitoring.
- Individual report examining public health responses to contemporary health issues (1500 words) (40%)
- 2 x Short quizzes throughout the semester (1500 word equivalent) (30%)
- 15 minute group oral presentation (1500 word equivalent) (30%)
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Past La Trobe University students who have previously completed PHE2PHP (Principles of Public Health Practice) are ineligible to enrol in this subject.
No additional requirements
- 0.125 EFTSL
- This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.
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