Public Health: Achievements and Challenges (PUBH5030)


This unit provides a critical overview of foundational aspects of public health, introducing fundamental concepts and conceptual and historical contexts through which to view contemporary issues in public health. The unit begins with a review of human health status through history and the changing roles and major challenges that drove development of modern public health theory and practice. It then provides an overview of contemporary challenges in public health policy and program development through exposure to leading commentators, activists and theoreticians on public health. It culminates with an anticipation of major problems that public health practitioners will be challenged with over the near future (5-10 years).The particular problems of societal inequities as drivers of health status, and the importance of multi-disciplinary approaches to contemporary health problems are emphasised.

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Available in block mode (2 day workshop) or online.


1500 word assignment (70%), online discussions (30%)


a set of readings will be provided online

Faculty/department permission required?


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Basic science

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