Skip to content | Change text size

MPH2034 - Social and cultural perspectives in public health

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr B Rumbold


Alfred Hospital Second semester 2007 (Day)


Social, political and scientific role of public health in the modern health care system. Topics include the origins of the public health movement; the changing focus of the public health movement in the last two centuries; the role of public health in the Australian health care system in the present time; the stance of public health with respect to social inequalities in health, scientific and technological change; economic forces and issues of professionalisation; the relationship with other health-related disciplines including preventive as opposed to curative health care.


On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. describe the historical and social context of public health in Australia;
  2. describe the structure and organisation of Australian society;
  3. describe the health care system in Australia.


Critical appraisal exercises

Contact hours

2 contact hours per week