Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Nursing and Midwifery


Mrs Patricia Schwerdtle (Peninsula), Dr Louisa Lam (Clayton)



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit aims to explore the connection between the science of public health and health outcomes of a diverse range of individuals and populations. Current research evidence incorporating epidemiology and the social determinants of health will be introduced. The unit will focus on vulnerable populations, infectious disease, population screening, health care systems, health promotion, global health and climate change, equipping students with cultural competence and rudimentary knowledge and skills in population health.


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

  1. Discuss the impact of population health demographics on health outcomes, with a focus on vulnerable groups;
  2. Interpret the incidence, prevalence and clinical relevance of population health information presented in health research publications;
  3. Describe the social determinants of health and discuss their impact on the health of diverse population groups and their utilisation of clinical services;
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of cultural sensitivity, cultural safety and cultural competence as explained in the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) guidelines; and
  5. Apply the principles of 'person-centeredness', leadership and cultural competence to achieve optimal health outcomes across a range of population groups and diverse clinical settings.


Group presentation (20 minutes) and written synopsis (2,000 words) (30%)
Online quiz (20 minutes) (10%)
Written examination (2 hours) (60%)

Workload requirements

Lectures: Two (2) hours per week
Tutorials: One (1) hour per week
Guided learning activities: Two (2) hours per week.

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Chief examiner(s)

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


Must be enrolled in courses 0727 or 3892 or 4514.