Social & Cultural Perspec in Public Hlth

Subject 505-109 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 1-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: In addition to the stated contact hours, students are expected to spend at least 8 hours of private study per week.
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr Bruce Rumbold, School of Public Health, LaTrobe University

School of Population Health, University of Melbourne

Subject Overview:

In this unit, students explore the multi-disciplinary partnerships between public health and the social science disciplines including sociology and anthropology with particular attention to the ways in which cultural beliefs and practices shape population risks for both infectious and non-infectious diseases and how social factors such as social status, ethnicity and gender impact on health inequalities. Thus this unit will provide students with a solid grounding in understanding the different ways in which the social sciences contribute to public health theory and practice.

Objectives: At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:
  • Describe the way key social science disciplines inform understandings of health
  • Describe social science influences on public health theory, method and practice
  • Explain how cultural and social factors shape population health and public
  • health interventions
  • Critically appraise public health literature in terms of social and cultural content

Unstructured Reflective Journal of 2,000 words (40%) Two 1,500-word projects (30% each)

Prescribed Texts: A manual of readings will be distributed at the beginning of the subject.
Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

Related Course(s): Master of Public Health

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