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


Dr Helen Kelsall


Not offered in 2016


This unit will examine foundation aspects of public health with a focus on contemporary challenges. Students will apply this knowledge to critically appraise initiatives to address complex health issues from a public health perspective, and will be expected to engage with current public health issues and communicate their ideas clearly and effectively.


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

  1. Describe the basic principles and tools of public health practice.
  2. Examine the interdisciplinary and intersectoral relationships that contribute to public health.
  3. Discuss a range of behavioural, social and cultural, environmental and political determinants of health.
  4. Identify and appraise methods and application of disease prevention and control at a population level.
  5. Define the principles of evidence based practice and assess their implementation across public health initiatives.


Quiz (10%)
Written essay (2,700 words) (45%)
Responses to 6 weekly forum discussion topics (45%)

Workload requirements

Off-campus: 20 hours per week for 6 weeks.

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Chief examiner(s)

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


Must be enrolled in course 4529.