Foundations of Public Health
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Australia’s fourth oldest university, the University of Tasmania, is highly regarded internationally for teaching and academic excellence. The university offers more than 100 undergraduate degrees and more than 50 postgraduate programs across a range of disciplines. The university offers students a diverse range of opportunities, the chance to learn from leading experts, and excellent preparation for their future careers.
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Upon completion of this subject, the student should be able to:
- Describe the principles and attributes of public health approaches in practice.
- Analyse the distribution and determinants of health and wellbeing of populations.
- Assess key challenges to the health of populations and explore potential solutions at a local, national and international level.
- Describe the role of different health professionals and disciplines in developing effective public health solutions.
- Justify the axiom that “prevention is better than cure”.
- 1 An introduction to public health principles, approaches and practice;
- 2 Socio-economic determinants
- 3 Environmental determinants
- 4 Behavioural determinants: Diet
- 5 Behavioural determinants: Physical Activity
- 6 Behavioural determinants: Sleep
- 7 Behavioural determinants: Smoking, Drug and Alcohol abuse
- 8 Priority Groups: Mothers and Children, The Elderly
- 9 Priority Groups: Indigenous Australians
- 10 Mental health and wellbeing
- 11 Injury-including Road Trauma
- 12 Other National Health Priorities
- 13 Prevention is the best cure
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This subject introduces students to the foundation knowledge, skills and conceptual frameworks that underpin contemporary public health practice. It explores the biological, social, economic and environmental determinants of health and wellbeing as a basis for developing strategies and systems that promote and protect health. It explores the history of public health and the lessons we must learn and apply to sustain and enhance the health of populations, now and into the future.
- discussion board - weekly (20%)
- Determinants analysis (30%)
- Photovoice assignment (50%)