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; as well as 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 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Define Public Health and its historical development
  2. Identify the impact of social determinants of health, health inequalities, ethics, globalisation and ageing on the Burden of Disease
  3. Describe the current Burden of Disease from non-communicable, communicable and environmental causes, including biological threats
  4. Explain how health systems and agencies are organised in Australia, the Region and globally to respond to current and projected Burden of Disease
  5. Understand the processes underpinning public health policy formulation, implementation and evaluation.
  • What is Public (Population) Health?,
  • Define Burden of Disease and compare the current burden in Australia, the Region and Globally,
  • Health Care Systems,
  • Comparative Global Health Systems,
  • Non-Communicable Diseases and Injury,
  • Communicable Disease,
  • Environmental Health,
  • Health Inequalities,
  • Ageing,
  • Biological Threats,
  • Globalisation and Health,
  • Ethics and Public Health,
  • Social Determinants of Health and Healthy Public Policy
Assessment Items
  • Written Assignment: Written Assignments (x3)

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Course Materials
  • The New Public Health
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for PUBH6300
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