International Adolescent Health

Subject POPH90087 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

February, 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

Subject Dates: 6th to 10th February, 2012

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Thirty hours over 5 days
Total Time Commitment:

Students are expected to commit a further 60 hours in reading and self directed learning.





Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


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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Ms Emma Brathwaite


Nossal Institute for Global Health
Tel: +61 3 8344 0909 / 9035 6765


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

Subject Overview:

This subject provides a comprehensive picture of emerging health issues for adolescents, focusing on young people from developing countries. Topics include: key stages of adolescent health and youth development; socio-cultural determinants in adolescent health; important topic areas including HIV/AIDS, alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, mental health, nutrition and sexual and reproductive health.


On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • critique a number of frameworks used to address adolescent health needs;
  • incorporate the lifecycle approach into public health programming for young people;
  • develop strategies for effective engagement of young people and their communities to improve adolescent health and well-being; and
  • describe the technical issues relevant to health promotion and advocacy for adolescent health.

One take-home examination (40%) on the last day of the subject and one 3000-word essay (60%).

Prescribed Texts:

A set of readings will be available prior to the subject commencing.

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:

  • Critical thinking and analysis,
  • Working with others,
  • Finding, evaluation and using relevant information,
  • Problem-solving,
  • Written communication.
Links to further information:

Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Adolescent Health and Welfare
Master of Adolescent Health & Welfare
Master of Development Studies (Gender & Development)
Master of Development Studies(CWT)
Master of Public Health
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Global Health
Public Health

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