Public Health Aspects of HIV/AIDS (SEXH5102)


This unit aims to provide a public health perspective of the impact of HIV infection. It is available in both online and face to face modes. On completion of the unit, students should be able to: (i) Understand the underlying principles of the surveillance systems used to monitor HIV infection; (ii) Understand the core risk activity groups involved in the transmission of HIV; (iii) Understand how the epidemiology of HIV infection varies within and between societies; (iv) Understand the public health impacts of HIV infection; and (v) Understand the effective prevention strategies. Course content will include an introduction to the basic science of HIV infection; epidemiology and surveillance; sexual blood borne and mother to child transmission; STI/HIV interactions; other methods of transmission; health promotion for HIV prevention; government perspectives; and ethical and legal issues.

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2 hours of lectures per week, half semester, which can be taken either face-to-face or online. International students including Australia Awards Scholarship students must enrol in the face-to-face version


Written assignment (60%); Online quiz (20%); Online discussions (20%)

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