The University of Notre Dame Australia is committed to delivering an excellent student experience, alongside a high standard of teaching, research, and training. As a leader in ethical education, Notre Dame aims to develop students’ critical reasoning and their ability to make ethical decisions—crucial skills to progressing their careers and leading purposeful lives. At Notre Dame, students navigate their future with an ethical education online.
This course provides an introduction to public health and understanding the health of populations. It examines how public health approaches have evolved to tackle changing threats to population health. Topics covered include: the development of public health over the last two centuries, definitions and models of health, changing patterns of health, the measurement and monitoring of health, understanding public health data, the importance of the early years of life, communicable and non-communicable diseases, mental health, Indigenous health and health services, vulnerable populations, climate change and environmental degradation and their impact on health, the development and implementation of programs to protect and promote health, the Sustainable Development Goals, and the application of systems theory to public health issues. The focus will be on Australia but examples from overseas will be used to highlight and compare issues in the global context. Two cases studies will focus on Australian public health success stories and the Australian bush fires during the summer of 2019/20.