Public Health Policy

Subject POPH90023 (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:

March, 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: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: None


Professor Vivian Lin, La Trobe University
Victorian Consortium of 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 are equipped 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. This unit is taught as part of the Victorian Consortium of Public Health.


On completing this unit students should be able to:

  • analyse the impact of the major state, national and international institutions, and arrangements on health policy making;
  • locate the factors in the contemporary public policy environment and political landscape which influence health policy making;
  • demonstrate familiarity with the arguments and the politics associated with major contemporary health policy issues;
  • demonstrate competence in policy analysis, policy development and policy advocacy skills needed to achieve public health objectives.

One group project exercise and presentation (equivalent to 1,000 words each) (20%) two 600-word policy analyses (40%) one 2,000-word major policy project final report (40%)

Prescribed Texts:

Palmer, G and Short, S 2000, Health care and public policy: an Australian analysis, 3rd edn, Macmillan, Melbourne

Recommended Texts: Buse K, Mays N, and Walt G 2005, Making health policy, Open University Press, Maidenhead

Lewis, J 2005, Health policy and politics: networks, ideas and power, IP Communications, Melbourne

Gardner, H and Barraclough, S 2002, Health policy in Australia, 2nd edn, Oxford University Press, Melbourne

Duckett, S 2004, The Australian health care system, 2nd edn, Oxford University Press, Melbourne
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 Economics/Economic Evaluation
Health Program Evaluation
International Health
Primary Care
Sexual Health
Social Health
Women's Health

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