Public Health in Practice

Subject POPH90227 (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:

Semester 1, 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: 33 hours
Total Time Commitment:

2 hours per week in weeks 1-3
3 hours per week in weeks 4-12
Total: 120 Hours



Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
Semester 1


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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Dr Helen Jordan, Ms Rosemary Mckenzie


Dr Melissa Russell
Centre for Molecular, Environmental, Genetic and Analytic (MEGA) Epidemiology
Melbourne School of Population Health


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

Subject Overview:

This subject is the compulsory capstone subject within the Master of Public Health. Students will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the pre-requisite subjects to real-world scenarios through a Problem Based Learning (PBL) approach. In this subject it will be demonstrated how knowledge of the health status of the population and the environmental, biological, behavioural, cultural and social determinants of health are essential to identify and implement interventions to improve and protect health in an effective, efficient and equitable manner. Contemporary population health issues will be explored to critically appraise different population-based preventive strategies and evaluate the impact of interventions.


At the completion of the subject, students are expected to be able to:

  • Assess the health status of communities and engage in critical debate about the community‚Äôs health issues
  • Identify the determinants of health issues within communities
  • Assess and compare the evidence for potential health interventions
  • Select and plan the most appropriate interventions to address a specific health issue in a community (in the context of evidence, value for money, social factors and geographic factors).
  • Apply the principles of process and outcome evaluation to an ongoing cycle of assessing health needs and planning interventions.
  • Individual written assignment (1250 words), in week 7, 25%
  • PBL participation (marked by the tutor), in week 11, 5%
  • Oral group presentation of 30 minutes, in week 12, 20%
  • Participation in group assessment (marked by other students), in week 12, 5%
  • Written assignment of 2000 words, due at the end of the University Examination Period, 40%
  • Reflection on attainment of graduate attributes/skills required for a student selected job description, as an e-portfolio due (250 words), due at the end of the University Examination Period, 5%
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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:

  • Working with others and in teams
  • Problem-solving
  • Finding, evaluating and using relevant information
  • Initiative, autonomy and organization
  • Oral communication

Related Course(s): Master of Public Health
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Gender && Women&'s Health
Global Health
Health Economics && Economic Evaluation
Health Program Evaluation
Indigenous Health
Primary Care
Sexual Health
Social Health

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