Determinants of Good Health

Subject POPH90233 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 6.25
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

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours
Total Time Commitment:

85 hours

Prerequisites: None
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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 Overview, Objectives, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit:


Dr Shani Dettman, Ms Rosemary Mckenzie


Dr Shani Dettman

Ms Rosemary McKenzie

Subject Overview:

This subject introduces the concept of ‘health’ and factors that determine health outcomes. Topics to be covered are as follows: defining health, population health, measuring health outcomes within adult and child frameworks, exploring inequalities in health, multiple determinants of health, life span concepts, linking behaviour with health and disease; culture, health and behaviour and the Australian context.

Learning Outcomes:

At the completion of this course students will:

  • be able to define health within the adult, adolescent, child and infant framework
  • understand the cultural and social context of health reform

  • A 1500 word short critical analysis of a journal article to be submitted in Week 7 - 50%.
  • A multiple choice exam during Week 12- 40%.
  • A 500 word essay to be submitted two weeks after final lectures at the end of Semester - 10%.
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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:

On completion of this subject students should have:

  • well developed problem solving skills
  • an ability to evaluate and synthesise information in a flexible manner
  • a capacity to articulate the knowledge gained in both oral and written
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Related Course(s): Master of Speech Pathology

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