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 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.
Incompatible units8573 Public Health Systems and Policy 1.
Equivalent units8573 Public Health Systems and Policy 1.
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2022||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 2||01 August 2022||Flexible||Dr Ro McFarlane|
|2023||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 2||31 July 2023||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
The unit will be delivered as a hybrid model with recorded online lectures and face to face live tutorials. Online participation via the Canvas virtual room will be facilitated for
students unable to attend the tutorials (although attendance is strongly recommended). The unit delivery in the semester may be changed to comply with the latest COVID-19
guidelines issued by the ACT government, and as deemed necessary by the University of Canberra.
It is expected that students participate in all learning opportunities in this unit, and complete all activities within the learning modules, including directed and self-directed study,
and actively participate in scheduled face to face or online sessions via the Canvas Virtual Room. Participating in class discussions to clarify concepts and to develop confidence
with professional communication and verbally expressing ideas can be helpful for students and also supports the learning of student peers. Furthermore, participation in
classroom sessions enables students to ask questions and develop professional behaviours and accountability for safe practice.
Special guest speakers sessions will be organised to enhance student learning and exposure. It is advised that students attend these sessions and are encouraged to
interact with the invited guest speakers.
Required IT skills
General IT skills.
You will require computer skills to access the internet and be able to upload to the ‘Canvas' university site submissions using ‘word'
and PowerPoint formats. This unit may involve online meetings in real-time using a virtual room. To participate verbally, rather than
just typing, you will need a microphone. For best audio quality we recommend a microphone and speaker headset. For more
information and to test your computer, please visit the UCLearn Student Help link.
If students do not own a computer there are computers available in the library, building 8 level B- 24 hours/day.
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