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

Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine


Dr Biswajit Banik



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


This unit explores the options for treatment and management of established health conditions at the individual level. It provides an introduction to pharmacology and an overview of other interventions commonly employed to manage illness and improve health. A case study approach will be used which looks at treatment options for key diseases (e.g. cancer).


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

  1. Describe the processes by which drugs act on, and are handled by, the human body.
  2. Explain the role of drugs in prevention and treatment of specific diseases.
  3. Explain the role of other therapeutic (non-drug) interventions in prevention and treatment of specific diseases.
  4. Describe how drugs and other treatments are developed, evaluated and regulated.
  5. Discuss the social context of drug use and abuse.
  6. Discuss the relationship between drug therapy and public health in local and global contexts.


Tutorial participation (5%)
Class test (1 hour) (10%)
Oral presentation and written report (1,000 words) (15%)
Written assignment (2,000 words) (30%)
Exam (2 hours) (40%)

Hurdle: 80% attendance at tutorials.

Workload requirements

3 contact hours plus 9 hours of private study per week.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

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

Health science


One of (BMA1011, BMS1011, HSC1101, PHH1101) AND one of (BMA1012, BMS1021, HSC1102, PHH1102).


PBH2006, PHH2111