Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine


Dr Darshini Ayton



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


This unit provides an introduction to the principles and practices of contemporary public health. Case study examples are used to illustrate public health successes, including the key elements contributing to these successful approaches.

Key concepts introduced include population health, social determinants of health, health inequalities, health and human rights, and the core roles and functions of public health systems, policies and programs.

Inequalities within and across national boundaries are explored, as well as the contributing factors to these inequalities. Public health priorities are explored through consideration of population health trends and vulnerable populations.


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

  1. Describe the principles underpinning public health practice.
  2. Identify a range of public health interventions and compare their strengths and limitations.
  3. Discuss how behavioural, social and cultural, environmental and political determinants contribute to health outcomes.
  4. Explain the causes and consequences of health inequalities.
  5. Summarise information from relevant high quality public health sources.


Online quiz (30 minutes) (10%)
Written essay (1,800 words) (30%)
Group oral presentation (20 minutes) (15%)
Examination (MCQ, short answer and essay questions) (2 hours) (45%)

Hurdle requirement:
80% attendance at tutorials and participation in online tasks.

Workload requirements

6 hours per week contact hours plus 6 hours per week private study.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Health science


Must be enrolled in one of the following courses: M20021, M20022, M20023, M20024, 3882, 3870, 4503, 3445.


HSC1081, PHH1081.