PBH3008 - Case studies in global and public health - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Karen Richards


Dr Karen Richards

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


PBH1104 or HSC1200 or BMS1042


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This unit will utilise a 'case study' approach to build on students' previous learning about global health. The intent of this unit is not only to further students' awareness of global health issues, but also to encourage critical thinking about the underlying causes and the efficacy of current global health programs and approaches. It aims to equip students to work in the area of global health both in Australia and abroad.

Students will learn about the main global health principles and frameworks including the sustainable development goals. They will analyse case studies of programs addressing some of the current global health challenges such as climate change, conflict, communicable and non-communicable diseases, non-intentional injuries, mental health, drugs and alcohol.

Students will increase their cultural capability in addressing Aboriginal health issues and learn about a 'strengths based approach'.

Case studies demonstrating successes and failures in addressing global health challenges will be analysed to demonstrate the complexity of health improvement in low- and middle-income countries.

Students will learn about the use of appropriate technology, being culturally sensitive and participatory approaches.

This module will also expose students to the various careers available to graduates with a health sciences background.


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

  1. Explain the current and future threats to global health and their underlying causes
  2. Discuss the interaction of the environment and health including climate change, conflict and natural disasters
  3. Demonstrate increased cultural capability in relation to Aboriginal health and how to apply a 'strengths based' approach to Aboriginal health issues
  4. Assess public health programs addressing health issues at a national and global level including the program's capacity to address health inequities and the appropriateness of design
  5. Critique key global strategies and frameworks including the sustainable development goals, the Ottawa charter and the global framework for tobacco control


  • Online weekly quiz (20%)
  • Group presentation (15%)
  • iSAP case study analysis (1,800 words) (30%)
  • Research assignment (2,100 words) (35%)

Workload requirements

On-campus: 3 hours per week in a seminar, 3 hours online activities, 6 hours private study.

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