Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Biomedical Sciences
OfferedClayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Helen Ackland


This unit examines the ways in which health systems are organised and health services are delivered. The broader context in which disease and illness occur is also discussed. The unit considers the Australian health care system in detail and the global context of health systems and health inequalities. It explores two areas: health policy and service delivery systems; and illness and health in the context of social, cultural and behavioural systems. Areas covered include: health systems, health policy, health funding, quality in health systems, models of health, population health, and health and human rights.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Understand key principles in the organisation and funding of health systems.
  2. Be able to apply an understanding of health and health services in the context of the Australian health care system.
  3. Recognise the key elements determining health policy.
  4. Recognise key determinants and models of health.
  5. Understand the complexities of improving population health and the ways in which this is evaluated.
  6. Recognise the basis of human rights in health care.
  7. Develop important professional skills, including oral and written communication skills, critical analysis skills, and interpersonal skills.


Group class presentation (20 minutes) (25%)
Tutorial participation (15%)
Essay (30%)
Written exam (30%)

Workload requirements

6 hours of contact time per week (2 hour lecture, 2 hours of interactive classes and 2 hours tutorial preparation time).

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