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Health: Determinants and Analysis CXA103


This unit introduces the determinants of health and wellbeing including lifestyle factors. Students are introduced to the types of measures that are used in reporting health information and the ways in which this information is presented and utilised. Students will learn the importance of health measures and develop practical skills required to analyse and present health data and interpret the results. The unit will demonstrate the purpose of different methods of assessing human health, the statistical techniques used to analyse heath data, and how this information may be used to inform health choices, health policy, and practice.


Unit name Health: Determinants and Analysis
Unit code CXA103
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Denis Visentin
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Introductory


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate aptitude and problem solving skills in general numeracy
  • Describe the important determinants of health and their effect on a range of health conditions
  • Generate and interpret tables and graphs and utilise this information in reports
  • Generate and interpret descriptive statistics and utilise this information in reports
  • Generate and interpret trends and correlation in data and draw conclusions including causal and non-causal relationships
  • Understand the importance of statistical tests and generate and interpret statistical tests results.

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
069999 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,522.00

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AssessmentBiweekly quizzes (10%)|Excel Report 1 - Tables and Graphs (20%)|Excel Report 2 - Descriptive Stats & Correlation (20%)|Skills Competency Test (20%)|Exam (30%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.


You will find the following text useful [available from the Co-op Bookshop]:
Polgar S. & Thomas S., Introduction to Research in the Health Sciences 6th Edition, Churchill Livingstone 978-0-7020-4194-5
Other texts that cover material in the unit are
Corty, E. W., Using and Interpreting Statistics: A Practical Text for the Health, Behavioural and Social Sciences Mosby
McKenzie Vital Statistics: An Introduction to Health Science Statistics Churchill Livingstone
Keleher, H. & Murphy, B Understanding Health: A Determinants Approach Oxford University Press 2004
MacGillivray, H. Utts, J. & Heckard, R. Mind on Statistics: Australia and New Zealand 2nd Edition Cengage 2014

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