Public Health in Practice

Subject POPH90227 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 26 Hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours



Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
Semester 1


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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


Melbourne School of Population and Global Health


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Subject Overview:

This subject is a 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.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Communicate findings from an analysis of public health evidence appropriate to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • Identify and access public health evidence, and appraise and synthesise this evidence in public health decision making
  • Apply a comprehensive knowledge of a number of public health specialisations to develop solutions to complex public health problems
  • Design and manage a detailed investigation of a public health issue in a substantial project, with a high level personal autonomy and accountability
  • Reflect on individual performance or processes undertaken in the management of a substantial public health project
  • Individual written assignment (1500 words), in week 7, (20%)
  • PBL tutorial participation (marked by the tutor), in week 11, (5%)
  • Oral group presentation of 20 minutes, in week 12, (15%)
  • Written assignment of 3000 words, due at the end of the University Examination Period (60%)
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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

Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Public Health
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Environment and Public Health
Public Health
Tailored Specialisation
Tailored Specialisation

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