Public Health Systems and Policy (10076.2)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| Flexible
|| UC - Canberra, Bruce
|0.125||3||Faculty Of Health|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|Discipline Of Public Health||Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit|| Band 2 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020)
Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Describe public health and its history;
2. Identify key issues in current public health policy and practice;
3. Describe the state, national and international health systems structure and funding models;
4. Describe and compare issues in population health taking a determinants of health perspective; and
5. Analyse selected health policies.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
Whilst personal choices are an important determinant of individual health, the Science and Art of Public Health acknowledges the significant and overwhelming influence that larger systems have in influencing the choices of individuals. These larger systems also govern how responses to health issues are managed towards better health for whole populations. This unit guides students through key elements of systems that affect and/or manage health issues, and some of the policy frameworks that underpin these systems.
Firstly, this unit introduces public health/population health and its history. Students will then learn about the Australian and international health systems and the unit will include a review of the contemporary policy landscape. The World Health Organisation priorities will be considered and students will weigh up the views of various stakeholders analysing their interests, and how these interests act to effect change in health policy.
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2021||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 2||02 August 2021||Flexible||Dr Ro McFarlane|
|2022||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 2||01 August 2022||Flexible||Dr Ro McFarlane|
Recommended texts – available in the University of Canberra Library on Short Term Loan
Baum, F. (2015). The New Public Health. (4th ed.). Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press
Duckett, S., & Willcox, S. (2015). The Australian Health Care System (5th ed.). Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195596403
Students are strongly encouraged to attend the unit tutorials. These work on the skills to utilise the course content and deliver assignments .
Required IT skills
Students are expected to have basic computer literacy skills, access to a computer and the internet (in order to access Moodle and their university email account for notices). If students do not own a computer there are computers available in building 11 and building 7 (24 hours/day).
Work placement, internships or practicums
- 8573 Public Health Systems and Policy 1.