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 - 2016 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2017 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Learning Outcomes

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

  1. What Public Health is and the historical development of public health
  2. The impact of social determinants of health, health inequalities, ethics, globalisation and ageing on the Burden of Disease
  3. The current Burden of Disease from non-communicable, communicable and environmental causes, including biological threats
  4. How health systems and agencies are organised in Australia, the Region and globally to respond to current and projected Burden of Disease
  5. 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,
  • The Australian Health Care System,
  • Comparative Global Health Systems,
  • Non-Communicable Diseases and Injury,
  • Communicable Disease,
  • Environmental Health,
  • Health Inequalities,
  • Ageing,
  • Biological Threats
Assessment Items
  • Written Assignment: Written Assignments (x3)

Contact Hours

Callaghan and WebLearn GradSchool


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
2 hour face to face lecture/tutorial - semester 1 for on-campus students; online delivery with provision of course notes supplemented by electronic discussions for distance learning students. Online discussion group.

Course Materials
  • Introduction to Public Health
Timetable 2016 Course Timetables for PUBH6300
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