Introduction to 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:
- Differentiate between a range of definitions of health, and consider the contexts in which these definitions are applied
- Define public health, its principal components and its development within Australian and international contexts
- Describe the concept of the social determinants of health and inequities in health, and discuss their influence on the health outcomes of populations
- Critique how public health priority issues are addressed by health policy at a local, national and international level
- Investigate key challenges to the health of populations and explore potential solutions at a local, national and international level
- Studying public health
- Public health responses
- Food insecurity in Tasmania
- Physical inactivity as a global health issue
- Alcohol-related harm in Australia
- Global health problem of cardiovascular disease
In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
No additional requirements
This subject introduces the scope of public health practice in the 21st century and the social, political and economic context within which public health practitioners operate. The subject combines theoretical and practical material to assist students to understand the social and economic determinants of health, the importance of improved equity to raising health standards worldwide, nationally and locally, and the ways in which communities can be engaged and empowered to identify and address issues that affect their health. Different health outcomes for people across a range of communities will be critically examined in relation to public health practice.
- Narrated PowerPoint Presentation (30%)
- Weekly Group Discussions (20%)
- Problem Solving Essay (50%)
Current study term: 11 Jul 21 to 17 Oct 21
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