Public Health Policy

Subject 505-113 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2 hours per week.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Victorian Consortium for Public Health
Subject Overview:

The purpose of this unit is to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to participate competently in the development, implementation and analysis of health policy at a Level appropriate to a generalist public health practitioner, and with an introduction to various forms of health planning. On completing this unit students should be able to:

  • describe the major state national and international institutions and arrangements through which health policy is made;
  • describe the contemporary policy environment within which health policy making takes place;
  • demonstrate familiarity with the arguments and the politics associated with major contemporary health policy issues; and
  • demonstrate competence in policy analysis, policy development and policy advocacy in relation to important public health issues.
Assessment: One group presentation (20%), two small policy analysis exercises (15% each) and one major project report (50%)
Prescribed Texts: To be advised
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Subject level: 400

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Notes: This subject is a Master of Public Health Consortium subject.

Subject Coordinator: Assoc Prof David Legge, La Trobe University 9479 5849

Related Course(s): Master of Public Health

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