Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
OfferedAlfred Hospital First semester 2013 (Day)
Alfred Hospital First semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr C Joyce, Prof B Oldenburg


Delivery of health services is underpinned by a framework of health policies and other health system elements. Health professional leaders and managers, and those who aspire to these roles, need to know about these policies and about the process of policy making so that they can understand why a policy is what it is, and how to engage in the policy making process.

This unit involves a structured review of policy making processes, via WebCT based modules, readings and online tasks, supplemented by workshops with senior health policy practitioners. It considers key challenges and major issues confronting governments and health systems around the world, and how policy can help address these. The unit presents foundation concepts in health policy, which can be extended with further study of health care delivery policies (MPH5272) and/or global health and primary prevention policies (MPH5260).


  1. Understand the policy process
  2. Identify and analyse stakeholder interests
  3. Recognise key current issues on the Australian and global health policy agendas
  4. Locate sources of information guiding health policy content and process.
  5. Critically analyse policies
  6. Evaluate the implications of the political context of policy development
  7. Draw out the policy implications of research evidence and other forms of evidence
  8. Present well-informed, clear, and well-reasoned arguments on policy-relevant questions
  9. Critically reflect on their learning about health systems policy and its application and/or future development


Web-based tasks (40%)
Written assignments (60%)

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

15 contact hours over 2 block days



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