Health and Illness in Populations
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On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Identify major causes of morbidity (sickness) and mortality (deaths) in Australia and globally
- Describe public health problems and how they are measured using basic epidemiological terminology and calculations
- Evaluate how social determinants and other risk factors for communicable and chronic disease influence personal and population health
- Describe the basic principles and salient features of health promotion and disease prevention to improve population health
- Evaluate the roles and functions of policies and diverse stakeholders, including in government departments and health systems, in defining, influencing, and responding to public health issues
- Identify ethical and economic issues associated with policies and interventions aimed at improving health
- Identify, critique, synthesise, report and reference appropriate public health literature
- Participate constructively, as an individual or within groups, in learning activities
- Sources of information and data about public health issues
- Chronic conditions, infectious diseases and risk behaviours that are public health issues
- Epidemiological measurement of public health issues using counts, prevalence, incidence, rates and risk
- Determinants of public health issues
- Indigenous health
- Public health interventions: Disease prevention, health promotion, and protection
- Ethical and economic issues in responding to public health issues
- Population and high-risk approaches in public health
- Public health and the Australian health system
No eligibility requirements
- Equipment requirements - Headphones or speakers (required to listen to lectures and other media). Headset, including microphone (highly recommended). Webcam (may be required for participation in virtual classrooms and/or presentations).
- Software requirements - It is essential for students to have reliable internet access in order to participate in and complete your units. MyUni is the University of Adelaide's online learning environment. MyUni provides access to various features including announcements, course materials, discussion boards and assessments.
Health and Illness in Populations aims to introduce students interested in health sciences careers such as public health practice, health-related research, or clinical practice, to a population view of health. It draws on a range of disciplines that contribute to a focus on the health of populations, including epidemiology, health promotion and disease prevention, history, politics, and ethics. The course invites students to develop a critical view about what constitutes public health issues, how they are measured, and potential responses to improve population health.
There are three (3) pieces of assessment in this subject, timed quizzes (open book), written reports and an oral presentation.. All pieces of assessment will assess your understanding of subject content and your ability to integrate information and critically analyse public health issues.
- Timed Quizzes (30%)
- Epidemiology of a Health Priority Report (30%)
- Intervening to Improve a Health Priority Presentation (40%)
Current study term: 04 Sep 22 to 28 Oct 22
Introduction to Public Health, 4th ed.
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