Social & Cultural Perspec in Public Hlth

Subject POPH90019 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - 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


Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
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: None


Dr Bruce Rumbold, LaTrobe University
Victorian Consortium for Public Health


Academic Programs Office
Melbourne School of Population Health
Tel: +61 3 8344 9339
Fax: +61 3 8344 0824

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.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: -
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Notes: This subject is a Master of Public Health Consortium subject.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Health Program Evaluation
International Health
Primary Care
Sexual Health
Social Health

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