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MPH2060 - Prevention: Policies and strategies

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr A Tonkin


Not offered in 2007


Examine theory behind individual and community based approaches to disease prevention. Outlines importance of preventive health programs, explores the different approaches to preventive medicine and how preventive activities can effect certain key areas of health.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the major opportunities for preventative health activities within the developed and under-developed communities;
  2. describe the particular challenges for prevention activities within specific sections of the Australian community;
  3. identify the advantages and disadvantages of the population approach and the individual approach to disease prevention;
  4. describe the role of screening and screening tests in preventive medicine;
  5. describe the role of behaviour modification in disease prevention;
  6. describe the characteristics of various successful and unsuccessful health promotion strategies;
  7. demonstrate an understanding of the role of preventive activities in certain key areas including dental health, psychiatric illness, and the prevention of congenital disease;
  8. demonstrate an understanding of the essential elements of community wide health promotion activities and health policy developments.


Written assignments 50%
Examination 50%.