Health Social Science I

10 Units

An introduction to health social science and behaviour change emphasising questionnaire design and evaluation.
Enrolment in this course precludes enrolment in PUBH6230 and PUBH6250.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Medicine and Public Health

Not currently offered

Learning Outcomes

On completion, students are able to:

  1. Conceptualise disease causation as a complex web of factors which interact with one another and which are biological, psychological and social in origin;
  2. Apply social psychological theories (e.g., Triandis, Becker, Fishbein) to identify the determinants of health and risk behaviour;
  3. Distinguish between ‘emic’ and ‘etic’ research orientations, and use open-ended interviewing techniques to elicit emic items related to attitudes predicting health-related behaviour;
  4. Develop and pilot test an original questionnaire to measure intention to perform a specific health or risk behaviour;
  5. Use a statistical package to analyse the psychometric properties of the original questionnaire and write up the results using a scientific report format;
  6. Improve the use of research results through understanding the importance for utilisation of the interpersonal and political contexts in which research in conducted;
  7. Perform an eight stage health social science critical appraisal of a clinical research protocol.

Teaching modules follow a logical progression from examining sociocultural determinants of disease and risk behaviour, and the use of qualitative and quantitative techniques to design attitude measures, to planning interventions appropriate for community and clinical cultures and active dissemination of research findings.

Assumed Knowledge Nil
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - 2 Major Assignments
Contact Hours
  • Email Discussion Group: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for PUBH6220
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