MPH5288 - Introduction and challenges in public health - 2019

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

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Danijela Gasevic


Dr Danijela Gasevic

Unit guides


Alfred Hospital

  • Second semester 2019 (Off-campus)
  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


Must be enrolled in a Postgraduate degree




This unit will examine foundation aspects of public health with a focus on contemporary challenges in public health.

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 will be able to;

  1. Describe and integrate the basic principles and tools of public health practice
  2. Examine the interdisciplinary and intersectoral relationships that contribute to public health
  3. Evaluate 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


  • Written reflections in moderated discussion forum over 6 modules (approx. 300 words each) (total 30%)
  • Critical summary (1,200 words) (20%)
  • Online quiz (10%)
  • Written report (2,400 words) (40%) (hurdle)

Workload requirements

The total workload requirement for this unit is 12 hours of work per week.

This incorporates 15 contact hours over 2 days + Off-Campus learning (OCL) (including private study and written reflections on public health issues and challenges and applications through an online forum).

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