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|
|College/School||College of Health and Medicine
School of Medicine
|Coordinator||Doctor Rose (Rosie) Nash|
|Available as student elective?||No|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
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|Hobart||Semester 1||On-Campus||Off-Campus||International International||Domestic Domestic|
- International students
- Domestic students
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- 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
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
- Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
- HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
- FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4
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Flexible, Fully Online
|Assessment||Forum discussions (20%)|Conference abstract plus presentation (30%)|Essay (50%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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