Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.
|Dates & Locations:|| |
This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: 24, 2 hours per week for 12 weeks |
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
|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 Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. |
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CoordinatorMs Rosemary Mckenzie
ContactCentre for Health Policy, Programs and Economics
Melbourne School of Population health
Telephone: +61 3 8344 0710
Academic Programs Office
Melbourne School of Population Health
Tel: +61 3 8344 9339
Fax: +61 3 8344 0824
This subject is a compulsory subject within the Master of Public Health. It is designed to be taken early by MPH students and lays the foundation for the degree. It would also be of value to any student with an interest in public health. The subject provides a critical overview of public health theory and practice in three parts:
Part A: Paradigms
Part B: Systems & Strategies, and
Part C: Priority Setting & Value for Money
Part A: The fundamental historical and conceptual underpinnings of public health are surveyed. Public health practice is situated in the context of broader social issues concerning the underlying socio-economic determinants of health and disease and the drivers of inequity. The population approach is distinguished from one based on the individual.
Part B: The key multi-disciplinary strategies used by public health practitioners to develop and strengthen health systems are introduced, with a focus on the relationship between effective interventions and the varying resource settings in which they are implemented.
Part C: The importance of priority setting in the allocation of resources is explored with a view to achieving best value for money in public health interventions.
Throughout the subject, students will become familiar with the leading frameworks, theories and approaches that differentiate public health from other approaches to health care by engaging with contemporary public health challenges faced both within Australia and overseas.
|Objectives:||At the completion of this subject, students should be able to: |
|Assessment:||An oral presentation of 15 minutes in week 3 or 4 of semester (15%); a short critical analysis of 1500 words due week 6 (25%); a detailed critical analysis of 2500 words, due during the examination period (55%); a critical reflection of achievement of course objectives through classroom and assessment activities (500 words, due during the examination period (5%).|
|Breadth Options:|| |
This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
|Generic Skills:||Upon completion of this subject, students will have developed skills in: |
Master of Public Health |
Epidemiology and Biostatistics |
Gender && Women's Health
Health Economics && Economic Evaluation
Health Program Evaluation
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