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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedAlfred Hospital First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor B Marshall


Overview of different theories and disciplinary perspectives informing public health principles and practices in western societies, past and present. Examines theories of knowledge, social movements, political and social organisations, natural and human disasters and disease shaping contemporary public health perspectives and practices. Current organizational structures for public health policy development and service delivery at local, state and national levels. Foundation for contextual understanding of public health research, policy development and program planning and implementation.


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.


Written Assignments 100%

Chief examiner(s)

E Miller

Contact hours

2 contact hours per week at Melbourne University.

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