PBH2006 - Treatment and technologies - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Stella Samoborec


Dr Stella Samoborec

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


One of the following units: HSC1101, BMA1011, BMS1011, PHH1101 AND One of the following units: HSC1102, BMA1012, BMS1021, PHH1102


Must be enrolled in an Undergraduate Degree


HSC2111, PHH2111


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).


On successful completion of this unit students will:

  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.


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

  • Tutorial participation (5%)
  • Class test (1 hour) (10%)
  • Oral presentation and written report (1,000 words) (15%)
  • Written assignment (1800 words) (30%)
  • Exam (2 hours) (40%) Hurdle


80% attendance at tutorials.

80% participation in weekly online tasks.

Workload requirements

3 hour seminar plus 9 hours private study per week.

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