Introduction to Public Health

10 Units

Public Health is the discipline that seeks to understand patterns and causes of disease within populations and brings evidence-based interventions to address those diseases of significance within populations. It requires an understanding of the current Burden of Disease in Australia, the Region and Globally. In order to effectively respond to the challenge of this Burden of Disease students will need to understand the biological, social and environmental courses of these patterns of disease. Further an understanding of economic and political processes in determining a response to the Burden of Disease. An understanding of how health systems and organisations are structured and function to respond to this Burden of Disease in Australia, the Region and Globally is central to understanding how Population Health Responses are mounted

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Medicine and Public Health
Availability Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 1 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 1 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)

By the end of this course they will understand: a) Burden of Disease locally, nationally and globally. b) The determinants of health ,health equity and health policy. c) How health systems and agencies are organised in Australia the Region and Globally to respond to current and projected burden of disease.


What is Public (Population) Health?, Define Burden of Disease and compare the current burden in Australia, the Region and Globally, The Australian Health Care System, Comparative Global Health Systems, Non-Communicable Diseases and Injury, Communicable Disease, Environmental Health, Health Inequalities, Ageing, Biological Threats

Replacing Course(s) Not applicable
Transition Not applicable
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge Nil
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : IT Based
Distance Learning : Paper Based
Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Email Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments -
  • Other: (please specify) - Online Assessment
Contact Hours
  • Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for PUBH6300

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