Ethics and Public Health (BETH5203)

UNIT OF STUDY

This unit of study provides students with an overview of the broader philosophical, ethical, socio-political and cultural issues that underlie public health and public health research. Students will first review the history of public health and examine the values that underpin health promotion and disease prevention. The second part of the unit examines the place of facts and values in public health and the construction and use of information, with particular reference to evidence-based-medicine. The third part of the unit examines the cultural, moral and social context of public health including the social determinants of health, the construction of health services, the determination of research priorities and issues relating to human rights and global health. All assessments must be completed to pass this Unit.

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Further unit of study information

Classes

5x8hr Intensives; or Distance Education (online). Attendance is compulsory if enrolled in face-to-face block mode.

Assessment

1xOnline Quiz (5%); 1xOnline Quiz (15%); 2x500wd short answer (40%); 1x2500wd essay (40%)

Textbooks

Students are provided with a book of readings (in digital format).

Faculty/department permission required?

No

Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

Prerequisite: Assumed knowledge: A three-year undergraduate degree in science, medicine, nursing, allied health sciences, philosophy/ethics, sociology/anthropology, history, or other relevant field, or by special permission.

Prerequisite: Assumed knowledge: A three-year undergraduate degree in science, medicine, nursing, allied health sciences, philosophy/ethics, sociology/anthropology, history, or other relevant field, or by special permission.

Prohibitions

BETH5206

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Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.

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