This is a foundation course to develop specialised knowledge and skills in public health in Australian and global contexts. Public health is multidisciplinary, concerned with the protection and promotion of the health and wellbeing of populations. You will explore health inequities and inequalities, and the range of socio-ecological determinants that influence the health and wellbeing of populations. You will apply advanced public health concepts to investigate complex public health priorities from a socio-ecological, salutogenic and social justice perspective.
|Online – 3 hours of structured asynchronous online learning materials and an optional 1-hour online Zoom drop in session.||4hrs||Week 1||13 times|
The development of public health
Public health principles, practices and frameworks
Determinants of health
Public health evidence base
Health inequities, inequalities and social justice
Public health priorities
Multidisciplinary responsibility for public health
Climate change impacts on health
Sustainable Development Goals
700 Level (Specialised)
|Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to...||Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...||Professional Standard Mapping * International Union for Health Promotion and Education|
|1||Identify and describe public health concepts, disciplines and activity.||Knowledgeable||
|2||Explore public health in local and global contexts.||Creative and critical thinker||
A.1, B.1, B.2, A.5, 6.3, 6.4
|3||Investigate public health priorities from a socio-ecological, salutogenic and social justice perspective.||Empowered||
B.1, B.2, B.3, A.4, B.4, A.5, 4.1, 6.4
|International Union for Health Promotion and Education|
|B.1||The concepts, principles and ethical values of health promotion as defined by the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion (WHO, 1986) and subsequent charters and declarations|
|A.1||Health as a human right, which is central to human development|
|B.2||The concepts of health equity, social justice and health as a human right as the basis for health promotion action|
|B.3||The determinants of health and their implications for health promotion action|
|B.4||The impact of social and cultural diversity on health and health inequities and the Implications for health promotion action|
|A.4||Addressing health inequities, social injustice, and prioritising the needs of those experiencing poverty and social marginalisation|
|A.5||Addressing the political, economic, social, cultural, environmental, behavioural and biological determinants of health and wellbeing|
|4.1||Use effective communication skills including written, verbal, nonverbal, and listening skills|
|6.3||Collect, review and appraise relevant data, information and literature to inform health promotion action|
|6.4||Identify the determinants of health which impact on health promotion action|
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Students must be enrolled in a Postgraduate Program
Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
Formative feedback will be provided within the first four weeks. Within the first four weeks you will be given feedback related to Task 2. Feedback will be based on one photograph of a new public health issue and a 150 word description of the photograph.
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||Weighting %||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
10 x weekly online quizzes
|Throughout teaching period (refer to Format)||Online Submission|
|Week 7||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|All||3||Examination - not Centrally Scheduled||Individual||40%||
|Week 13||Online Test (Quiz)|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Online quiz|
To demonstrate your understanding of public health concepts and content.
Submit: Week 2 - 13 You will complete 10 quizzes via Canvas, based on relevant week's content.
|All - Assessment Task 2:Public health portfolio|
To explore examples of public health in the community.
The portfolio will contain: Four (4) independently taken photographs of public health responses 250 word written description for each photograph, including descriptive epidemiological data Further information about this task will be provided on Canvas.
|All - Assessment Task 3:Online assignment|
To investigate a public health issue using an ecological and social justice perspective.
|Product:||Examination - not Centrally Scheduled|
A 90 minutes online examination is to be completed independently during the exam period. Further information about this task will be provided on Canvas.
A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.
Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.
|Recommended||Jane Taylor,Lily O'Hara,Lyn Talbot,Glenda Verrinder||2020||Promoting Health||7||n/a|
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