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 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Tess Tsindos


HSC1052 provides an introduction to health care systems (local and global), including their relations to policy, politics and the interaction of the system with the health needs and outcomes of populations and individuals. The unit also utilizes relevant current events to generate discussion and debate around policy approaches to specific issues and the politics of health and social care.


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

  1. Identify key components of health and social care systems
  2. Define key roles in health and social care systems
  3. Identify key influences on the development of health and social policy
  4. Describe the key domains of health and social policy and explain the relationships between them
  5. Compare health systems with respect to structure, performance and relevant contextual factors.


Individual presentation (10 minutes) (15%)
Group presentation (15 minutes) (20%)
Written assignment (2,500 words) (40%)
In-class quizzes (25%)

Hurdle requirements: 80% attendance at tutorials unless medical or other certification provided and completion of in-class activities.

Workload requirements

3 hours per week (1 hour lecture, 2 hour tutorial) plus 9 hours of private study.

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