Foundations of Health Science (HSBH1006)


This is an introductory unit for students entering the health sciences. This unit aims to expose students to a range of definitions of health, and key concepts in health and health systems. Students will develop a range of core skills and competencies needed in the study and practice of health sciences and a basis for work practice in the health system or for postgraduate study. Topics include: what is health; how is health status classified; biomedical, psychological and sociological aspects of health and health care; what 'should' a health care system do; how do we measure health status in an individual, a community and a nation? An integrated sciences model of health care is explored which covers different domains of health, including biological, behavioural, socio-cultural and environmental.

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2x1-hr lecture/week, 1-hr tutorial/week and eLearning online learning support.


Tutorial attendance, presentation (25%), integrative essay (25%) and 2hr final exam (50%)

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