Courses & Units

Introduction to Public Health CAM529


This unit 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 unit 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.


Unit name Introduction to Public Health
Unit code CAM529
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Medicine
Discipline Medicine
Coordinator Doctor Rosie Nash
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • 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

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
061399 $1,118.00 $1,118.00 not applicable $2,784.00

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Teaching Pattern

On Campus Enrolment: Independent Learning 6 hours weekly; Tutorial 4 hours weekly

Online Enrolment: Independent Learning 8 hours weekly; Tutorial (Online) 1 hour (8 times)

AssessmentForum discussions (20%)|Conference abstract plus presentation (30%)|Essay (50%)
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