Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine


Ms Lisa Renkin


Not offered in 2016


The unit is designed to enhance participants' understanding of HIV, the impact of HIV epidemics throughout the developing world, and the evidence underpinning appropriate programmatic responses to HIV. The unit presents analysis of the risk and vulnerability of individuals and communities to HIV infection, explores the latest evidence and policy developments relevant to prevention, care/support and treatment approaches, and aims to expand participants' skills in developing appropriate evidence-based responses to HIV. Recent shifts in global policy are presented along with a number of case studies drawn from 'real-world' programs to facilitate students' learning


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

  1. enhance their knowledge and understanding about HIV virology, epidemiology and the global evidence base;
  2. enhance their understanding of the impact HIV has upon individuals and communities;
  3. understand the relationship between HIV and development, including global influences on policy and implementation of programs, and the link with health systems strengthening;
  4. identify essential elements of effective strategies for preventing HIV transmission and providing treatment, care and support for people infected and affected by HIV, including the integral role of people living with HIV in these strategies.


Short-answer examination (40%)
Essay (4,000 words) (60%)

Workload requirements

5 full days. Students will be expected to attend all five days of face-to-face teaching, as well as a certain amount of pre-unjt reading prior to the unit beginning (depending on individual interest and/or familiarity with subject material). Some revision will be required throughout the contact period as exam is held on final day of the unit.

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Chief examiner(s)


Basic computer proficiency.

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