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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 Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr B Rumbold


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

Chief examiner(s)

Dr B Rumbold

Off-campus attendance requirements

2 Contact hours per week at Melbourne University.

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