Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
OfferedMalaysia Second semester 2014 (Day)
Parkville Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Safeera Hussainy (Parkville); Dr Vivienne Mak (Malaysia)


This unit puts the practice of pharmacy and delivery of pharmacy services in a public health context. It emphasises a population perspective for health policy as well as clinical decision-making.

Students will develop an understanding of:

  • Definitions and issues in public health including the socio-environmental determinants of health
  • The role of pharmacy in a public health context
  • The Australian National Medicines Policy and the Quality Use of Medicines Strategy
  • The nature, role and development of health policy.

Students will develop abilities in:

  • Applying population-based evidence to improve clinical decision-making
  • Performing and interpreting the results of statistical tests that are relevant to evidence based practice
  • Applying health economic principles to medicines use
  • Dispensing, including clinical problem-solving
  • Performing pharmaceutical calculations building on previous knowledge.

Students will develop an appreciation of:

  • The roles of other health professionals and their relationship to pharmacy
  • Key issues around medicines promotion and international health.


At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe the broad public health perspectives and framework for providing; therapeutic services and care to patients, and for working with other health care professionals;
  2. Discuss the process for formulating health policy and the impact of various health policies;
  3. Describe the roles of other health care professionals;
  4. Discuss the principles and application of the Quality Use of Medicine Strategy of the National Medicines Policy;
  5. Systematically conduct a literature review and a subsequent critical appraisal to answer a clinical enquiry;
  6. Interpret the results of statistical tests when critically appraising the literature to answer a clinical enquiry;
  7. Perform statistical tests that are frequently used in the reporting of health care research and that underpin evidence based practice;
  8. Dispense medicines and solve clinical problems;
  9. Perform pharmaceutical calculations relevant to the practice of pharmacy.


Final exam (3 hour): 50%; evidence-based practice assignment: 20%; Extemporaneous dispensing exam: 10%; Supervised Calculations module: 10%; Mid-semester test: 10%.

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Thirty five 1-hour lectures
  • Two 2.5-hour tutorials
  • Seven 2-hour practical laboratories
  • One 1-hour site visit (Malaysia)


PAC1311 Pharmacy, Health and Society I
PAC1322 Pharmacy, Health and Society II

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