Course Outline

PUB707 Public Health Foundations

Course Coordinator:Florin Oprescu (foprescu@usc.edu.au) School:School of Health and Behavioural Sciences

2022Semester 2

Online

Online You can do this course without coming onto campus.

Please go to the USC website for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?

Description

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.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Online
Online – 3 hours of structured asynchronous online learning materials and an optional 1-hour online Zoom drop in session. 4hrs Week 1 13 times

Course Topics

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

What level is this course?

700 Level (Specialised)

Demonstrating a specialised body of knowledge and set of skills for professional practice or further learning. Advanced application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

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
B.1, B.4
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

* Competencies by Professional Body

CODE COMPETENCY
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

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.

Pre-requisites

Students must be enrolled in a Postgraduate Program

Co-requisites

Not applicable

Anti-requisites

PUB112

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

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.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Quiz/zes Individual 20%
10 x weekly online quizzes
Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) Online Submission
All 2 Portfolio Individual 40%
1000 words
Week 7 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Examination - not Centrally Scheduled Individual 40%
90 minutes
Week 13 Online Test (Quiz)
All - Assessment Task 1:Online quiz
Goal:
To demonstrate your understanding of public health concepts and content.
Product: Quiz/zes
Format:
Submit: Week 2  - 13

You will complete 10 quizzes via Canvas, based on relevant week's content.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Accuracy of responses
1
All - Assessment Task 2:Public health portfolio
Goal:
To explore examples of public health in the community.
Product: Portfolio
Format:
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.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Comprehensiveness of the description of public health responses
1 2
2
Accuracy of descriptive epidemiological data
2
3
Integration of credible sources
2
4
Quality of written communication including correct spelling, grammar and referencing
1
All - Assessment Task 3:Online assignment
Goal:
To investigate a public health issue using an ecological and social justice perspective.
Product: Examination - not Centrally Scheduled
Format:
A 90 minutes online examination is to be completed independently during the exam period. Further information about this task will be provided on Canvas.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Application of public health concepts
1
2
Identification of individual and environmental determinants of a public health priority
2 3
3
Application of an ecological health framework
2 3

Directed study hours

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.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

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.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Recommended Jane Taylor,Lily O'Hara,Lyn Talbot,Glenda Verrinder 2020 Promoting Health 7 n/a

Specific requirements

Not applicable

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.

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