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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedAlfred Hospital Second semester 2011 (Day)
Alfred Hospital Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Professor B Oldenburg


This unit will examine policy and systemic approaches to disease prevention and health promotion at the level of individuals and populations in a global world. The major global causes of disease burden, their risk factors and more upstream influences will be examined with respect to policy and system-level approaches. Students will reflect on the complex interplay among evidence, policy and practice in relation to prevention. Case studies from both developed and resource poor countries will be considered. This unit is one of a group of policy units that also include MPH2069 and MPH2072.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate population-based approaches to prevention and health promotion;
  2. List health system approaches to prevention and health promotion;
  3. Describe the relationship between evidence, policy and practice;
  4. Analyse the prioritisation of funding and resources in both local and global contexts;
  5. Critique the impact of population-based approaches for prevention and health promotion; and
  6. Describe the impact of governance structures on health, both locally and globally


Written assignments (70%)
Online participation (30%)

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Brian Oldenburg

Contact hours

2 Block days

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