Health Descriptions

Health Major

A major in Health requires 48 credit points from this table including:
(i) 12 credit points of 1000-level core units
(ii) 12 credit points of 2000-level core units
(iii) 6 credit points of 3000-level research units
(iv) 6 credit points of 3000-level interdisciplinary experience units
(v) 6 credit points of 3000-level disciplinary project units
(vi) 6 credit points of 3000-level selective units

Health Minor

A minor in Health requires 36 credit points from this table including:
(i) 12 credit points of 1000-level core units
(ii) 12 credit points of 2000-level core units
(iii) 12 credit points of 3000-level selective units

Units of study

The units of study are listed below

1000-level units of study

Core units

HSBH1012 Introduction to Health and Health Care

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Andrew Campbell Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 1-hr tutorial/week Prohibitions: HSBH1006 or HSBH1008 or HSBH1009 Assessment: seminar presentation (20%), essay (35%), 1 x 2-hr exam (45%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will develop students' broad understanding of the different approaches to health (e.g. biomedical, psychological, sociological). This would include understanding the different factors which impact health; how different approaches may lead to different strategies for developing and evaluating health solutions; and different ways of measuring health. Students are then enabled to consider how these different approaches to health are reflected in health systems both locally and internationally. Students would explore the different healthcare systems and engage with current and future challenges for health systems and health policy in Australia and abroad.
Textbooks
Readings will be drawn from a variety of journals, government reports and textbooks. The reading list will be available to students through the unit of study outline and learning management system
HSBH1013 Society and Health

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Nikki Wedgwood Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 1-hr tutorial/week Assessment: short answer assessments (30%), presentation (20%), take home exam (50%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
In this unit, students will examine the main social determinants of health and the meaning of health for different populations. Students will also consider how health is delivered and by whom. This includes the breadth of the health workforce (both paid and unpaid) and health consumers. Embedded in this unit will be considerations of ethics and legal concerns for health professionals, cultural awareness and interdisciplinarity.
Textbooks
Readings will be drawn from a variety of journals, government reports and textbooks. The reading list will be available to students through the unit of study outline and learning management system.

2000-level units of study

Core units

HSBH2007 Research Methods in Health

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Rowena Forsyth Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: ((HSBH1006 AND HSBH1009) OR HSBH1012) AND (HSBH1008 OR HSBH1013) Prohibitions: BACH2140 or HSBH1007 Assessment: Group assessment (30%), written individual assignment (30%), 1x1.5-hr exam (40%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The unit of study introduces students to key research paradigms in health, and to the major approaches to designing and evaluating research in health. Students will be introduced to key concepts of qualitative and quantitative methodology including research ethics, research design and research methods.
Textbooks
Wilson, L. & Black, D. (2013). Health, science research/research methods HSBH1007 and BACH2410. Sydney: McGraw Hill.
HSBH2009 Innovations in eHealth

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Melanie Keep Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 48 credit points Prohibitions: HSBH1010 Assumed knowledge: HSBH1012, HSBH1013 Assessment: Reflection task (25%), health project (30%), skills modules (5%), job application/eportfolio (40%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Digital technologies are changing the health landscape from consumers having access to Dr Google to clinicians using virtual reality as part of treatment. This unit of study explores the impact of digital technologies on our health and wellbeing and includes consideration of how these devices and software interact with the healthcare system, affect attitudes towards health and healthcare providers, and change the discussions about health ethics, and health equity. Students will engage in practical, hands-on learning experience and complete authentic assessments such as designing innovations, creating an ePortfolio, and applying for a job.
Textbooks
Readings will be drawn from a variety of journals, government reports, and textbooks. The reading list will be available to students through the unit of study outline and learning management system

3000-level units of study

Research units

HSBH3005 Evidence Based Health Care

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Jeff Rogers Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: HSBH1007 or HSBH2007 Assessment: PICO framework (40%), annotated bibliography (20%), and critical appraisal essay (40%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Evidence-based health care is the conscientious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individuals or the delivery of health services. This unit will introduce students to evidence-based health care by developing an understanding of knowledge and evidence, and critical appraisal skills to inform decision-making in health care policy and practice.
Textbooks
Hoffman, T., Bennett, S. and Del Mar, C. (2013). Evidence-based practice across the health professions (2nd ed.). Chatswood: Elsevier.
HSBH3018 Quantitative Research Methods in Health

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Tatjana Seizova-Cajic Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr laboratory session/week, 1x1-hr tutorial session/fortnight Prerequisites: HSBH1007 or HSBH2007 Prohibitions: PSYC2012 or SCLG3603 Assessment: Group presentation (7%), Quizzes (18%), 1200wd report (25%) and end of semester exam (50%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Students taking the Health major or minor from Table S who have not met the MATH or DATA pre-requisites may be granted permission to enrol on a case-by-case basis
This unit will deepen your knowledge about design of observational and experimental studies in health, current issues in health research and statistical procedures for data analysis. We will discuss published studies and analyse our own data using correlation, linear regression, t-test, ANOVA, odds ratio, relative risk, etc., with understanding of fundamentals of statistical theory. You will develop the ability to draw a sound conclusion about the research question taking into account both statistical result and study design. You will learn to use Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS), and how to write concise research reports. The unit will prepare you to be a critical reader of health research and to engage in further research training should you wish to do so.
Textbooks
There is no single textbook. Recommended textbooks are:
HSBH3019 Qualitative Research Methods in Health

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Justin McNab Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hr Workshop/week, 1x1-hr online tutorial/week Prerequisites: HSBH1007 or HSBH2007 Prohibitions: SCLG2602 or BACH4056 Assessment: research report (30%), project report (30%), end semester take home exam (40%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study has three aims: to build on core units of study offered in First Year and Second Year to provide critical appraisal skills in reading and utilising qualitative research related to health behaviour and health care; to understand the theoretical orientation of contemporary qualitative health research methods; and to develop skills in undertaking qualitative research methods. With a focus on applying critical and theoretical knowledge, the unit has a practical orientation and students will gain experience in techniques of observation, document analysis, in-depth interviewing and focus group interviews.

Interdisciplinary experience units

HSBH3004 Health, Ethics and the Law

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Jennifer Smith-Merry Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2-hr lectures/week, 1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 48 credit points of units Assessment: Mid-semester exam (20%), research report (40%) and final exam (40%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study engages students in interdisciplinary experiences that provide an introduction to ethics and law in relation to the Australian health system. The unit explores fundamental ethical principles in relation to health and health services. It also provides a basic introduction to medico-legal aspects of health and healthcare. Topics of focus include mental health, health complaints, reproductive technologies, the start and end of life, disability, public health and genetic technology. Students will develop their own ethical thinking and an understanding of professionally acceptable behaviours appropriate to practice in a wide range of disciplines and health professions, including policy. Learning is interactive and scenarios are used to develop ethical thinking. Students will develop a written or multimedia research project based on an ethical and legal issue of their choosing.
Textbooks
Kerridge, I., Lowe, M., and Stewart, C. (2013). Ethics and law for the health professions. Leichardt: The Federation Press.
HSBH3009 International Health

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Zakia Hossain Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hour lecture/week, 1x1-hr face-to-face/on-line tutorial/week Prerequisites: 48 credit points of units Prohibitions: BACH3128 Assessment: Online activities (35%); tutorial attendance and presentation (20%); and briefing paper 2500wd ( 45%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit examines theoretical and practical issues confronting global health professionals and practitioners, especially in low-resource settings. It provides students with opportunities to apply their disciplinary expertise in the interdisciplinary, international health setting. The unit takes interdisciplinary approach to introduce students to: a) historical, political and economic forces that influence the health of populations around the world and contribute to international health inequities; b) global health crises (emerging infectious disease, chronic disease and disability) facing both developed and developing countries and their impact; and, c) international health practices, including key actors and initiatives, as well as challenges and strategies for working in cross-cultural contexts. The unit provides students with an understanding of health determinants and interventions in international contexts, with a particular emphasis on low-resource settings. Examples of topics covered include health, poverty and inequality, foreign aid and development assistance, globalisation, technology and health. The unit also provides an introductory overview of contemporary international health challenges such as food security, humanitarian crises and climate change. Students will undertake individual and group work to study global health from multiple disciplinary perspectives; they will investigate an in-depth study of a global health issue, exploring the context in which it emerged and the forces that propel it, and advocate for actions to improve the issue in a specific local context and population group.
HSBH3012 Sydney Health Students Abroad

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Nikki Wedgewood Session: Intensive December,Intensive June Classes: Online pre-departure lectures and briefing session, half-day debriefing session. Prerequisites: A minimum of 48 credit points Assessment: Pre-departure research (30%), field diary (30%), report (40%) Practical field work: 4-6 weeks working with a community-based organisation in a developing country. Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Field experience
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Students interested in participating must obtain permission from their course director before enrolling in FHS Abroad. Some degrees require participants have a minimum credit average.
Cultural practices, disease patterns and healthcare systems are vastly different in different countries around the globe. This unit provides students with the opportunity to gain international experience in a health services setting in a developing country. Students will participate in a 4-6 week health or care placement with a community-based organisation in South or Southeast Asia. As part of the unit, you will be expected to participate in local development programs, live within the community that you are visiting, and document and reflect on key health and development issues facing local populations. The unit will require you to demonstrate cultural sensitivity and an ability to adapt to new environments, a capacity for critical reflection and awareness of complex global health and development issues.
HSBH3013 FHS Indigenous Communities

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Josephine Gwynn Session: Semester 2 Classes: 6x2-hr workshops, 2 x 1 -hr debriefing sessions (in person), and online learning activities. Prerequisites: Successful completion of 72 credit points in an undergraduate degree Assessment: Pre-fieldwork preparation paper 1000wd (15%), completion of online cultural competence modules and 250 word critical reflection (30%) participation and contribution to online learning activities and discussion (10%), Fieldwork critical reflection and report (45%), Practical field work: 4-6 weeks working in an Indigenous community. Please note this will occur over the summer break at the end of Semester 2, and can occur anytime up to commencement of Semester 1 the following year. Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Field experience
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Students are required to attend an interview with the unit of study course coordinator prior to enrolling (please email to arrange) and consult with their course director to ensure that there are no timetable conflicts with other Units of Study also being undertaken during semester 2.
This unit aims to prepare students to work with Aboriginal people, families and community. It provides theoretical and practical knowledge about relevant models of community development in Aboriginal communities. The unit will expand understanding on Aboriginal cultures and equip students with foundation skills to work with Aboriginal communities on localised projects. The course begins by introducing students to philosophies and practices of cultural competence in an Aboriginal community health service environment, and completion of 6 online modules on cultural competence. Students will be introduced to key concepts of Aboriginal health service delivery and apply these to local Aboriginal communities. Historical and political contexts (determinants) of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health will be explored. Students will build on these skills and knowledge by working with an Aboriginal community on a 4 week community development project.
Students will gain experience in working with Aboriginal communities through their placement in a health service organisation or similar. The placement options include Aboriginal Community Controlled organisations, and the Unit of Study endeavours to match the location of the project placement with that required by student, however this may not always be feasible. The FHS provides no financial support for attendance at the project placement and you are expected to cover the costs for travel, accommodation and incidentals.
Textbooks
Kickett-Tucker, D et al (Eds) Mia Mia Aboriginal Community Development-fostering cultural security. Melbourne, Australia: Cambridge University Press.
HSBH3026 Industry and Community Project

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Mark Halaki Session: Intensive December,Intensive February,Intensive January,Intensive July,Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: blended learning, (online material, face-to-face seminars and group work) Prerequisites: A minimum of 72 credit points Assessment: group plan (20%), group presentation (10%), individual reflection statement (20%), group report (50%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Through this unit, undergraduate students will participate in an interdisciplinary group project, working with one of the University's industry and community partners. Students will work in teams on a real-world problem provided by the partner, applying their disciplinary expertise and gaining valuable experience in working across disciplinary boundaries. In working on authentic problems, students will encounter richly contextualized issues that will require input from people with a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and experiences. Developing solutions to complex problems requires students to work effectively in interdisciplinary groups. The unit will provide the opportunity for students to integrate their developing knowledge and experience, and apply them in circumstances of the kind they can expect to encounter in professional life. Interdisciplinary group work will provide the opportunity to build the skills to work across disciplinary, cultural and/or professional boundaries. . For more information please see: https://sydney.edu.au/students/industry-and-community-projects.html.
SCPU3001 Science Interdisciplinary Project

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Pauline Ross Session: Intensive December,Intensive February,Intensive January,Intensive July,Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: The unit consists of one seminar/workshop per week with accompanying online materials and a project to be determined in consultation with the partner organisation and completed as part of a team with academic supervision. Prerequisites: Completion of 2000-level units required for at least one Science major. Assessment: group plan, group presentation, reflective journal, group project Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit is designed for students who are concurrently enrolled in at least one 3000-level Science Table A unit of study to undertake a project that allows them to work with one of the University's industry and community partners. Students will work in teams on a real-world problem provided by the partner. This experience will allow students to apply their academic skills and disciplinary knowledge to a real-world issue in an authentic and meaningful way. Participation in this unit will require students to submit an application to the Faculty of Science.

Disciplinary project units

HSBH3003 Health Service Strategy and Policy

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Kate O'Loughlin Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hr lectures/week, 1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: (HSBH1007 or HSBH2007) OR 12cp of 2000-level units of study Assessment: Tutorial/workshop activities (10%), online activities (15%), 1x15-min group project plan presentation (15%), 1x2500wd group project report (60%) Practical field work: 1x2-hr workshop Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study offers students an insight into the larger picture of how a nation sets priorities for health services. The importance of evidence-based health policy development in planning health services and strategies for increasing the cost-effectiveness of delivering health services will be covered. Students will gain skills in health service needs assessment, measuring cost-effectiveness, macroeconomic evaluation of health services and systems, and health equity assessment. It is envisaged that students will develop a capacity to understand the concept of health policy and its relevance to the delivery of health care services and to take a problem-oriented approach to analysing and evaluating current policy provisions and strategies in the Australian context.
HSBH3011 Rural Health

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Leigh Wilson Session: Semester 1 Classes: Distance education/intensive on-campus mode. Web-based learning, Week 1 lecture (2hrs) on campus with mandatory attendance. All other materials will be delivered asynchronously online. Prerequisites: HSBH1007 or HSBH2007 Assessment: Attendance at timetabled lecture and online participation (25%), individual report (30%), group project (45%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Distance education/intensive on campus
This unit introduces students to a range of practice and research issues in rural health care. Topics covered include: the nature and variety of rural settings; special populations and cultural safety; rural health needs and access to health services; relevant models of health service delivery; and the rural health workforce and inter-professional practice.
HSBH3022 Health Promotion: Principles and Practice

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Justin McNab Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2-hr workshop/week Prerequisites: HSBH1007 or HSBH2007 Assessment: 1x1500wd essay (40%), 1x 15-min group oral presentation (10%) and 1x 2000wd project plan (50%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study introduces students to the key theories, principles and frameworks underpinning health promotion in the context of a disciplinary group project. Across the unit of study, students engage with their peers in the development and application of critical insight into individual and socio-ecological approaches, models of community participation, and settings approaches. Students will develop an appreciation that effective health promotion involves actions that are aimed, not only at increasing the knowledge and skills of individuals, but also at strengthening community action and to create living and working environments that support health. Students will develop knowledge in the application of health promotion programs through their disciplinary group project taking account of diverse populations and settings, including Indigenous, culturally and linguistically diverse groups and rural groups. Through their project work, students will consider how health promotion fits within the broader health context, and the ways in which health promotion practitioners work collaboratively with communities, work places, schools, government and other health professionals to improve the health of populations. The theoretical and applied skills that students develop will prepare students for careers in health promotion practice and research.

Selective units

HSBH3001 Health and Indigenous Populations

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Vanessa Lee Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week. Prerequisites: HSBH1007 or HSBH2007 or BACH1161 or HSBH1003 Prohibitions: NURS2008 Assessment: On line quizzes (20%), Case study report 1500wd (40%), Critique diary 1500wd (40%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The increasing need to address the health of Indigenous populations is not a new phenomenon. This Unit of Study teaches students, from an Indigenous Australian lens, about delivering services to Indigenous populations to address health and wellness. The semester journey takes into account the strength of Indigenous ways of doing, knowing and being that have enabled Indigenous people to address the social, political and cultural determinants of health. Students will be engaged in understanding the complexities surrounding the collection and recording of accurate Indigenous population health data that has led to Indigenous disadvantage and the gap in life expectancy that Australia still struggles to close. Students will be engaged in strategies for effective cultural communication with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals and patients/ clients. Ethical approaches required for researching Indigenous peoples and communities will also be explored.
HSBH3003 Health Service Strategy and Policy

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Kate O'Loughlin Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hr lectures/week, 1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: (HSBH1007 or HSBH2007) OR 12cp of 2000-level units of study Assessment: Tutorial/workshop activities (10%), online activities (15%), 1x15-min group project plan presentation (15%), 1x2500wd group project report (60%) Practical field work: 1x2-hr workshop Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study offers students an insight into the larger picture of how a nation sets priorities for health services. The importance of evidence-based health policy development in planning health services and strategies for increasing the cost-effectiveness of delivering health services will be covered. Students will gain skills in health service needs assessment, measuring cost-effectiveness, macroeconomic evaluation of health services and systems, and health equity assessment. It is envisaged that students will develop a capacity to understand the concept of health policy and its relevance to the delivery of health care services and to take a problem-oriented approach to analysing and evaluating current policy provisions and strategies in the Australian context.
HSBH3004 Health, Ethics and the Law

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Jennifer Smith-Merry Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2-hr lectures/week, 1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 48 credit points of units Assessment: Mid-semester exam (20%), research report (40%) and final exam (40%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study engages students in interdisciplinary experiences that provide an introduction to ethics and law in relation to the Australian health system. The unit explores fundamental ethical principles in relation to health and health services. It also provides a basic introduction to medico-legal aspects of health and healthcare. Topics of focus include mental health, health complaints, reproductive technologies, the start and end of life, disability, public health and genetic technology. Students will develop their own ethical thinking and an understanding of professionally acceptable behaviours appropriate to practice in a wide range of disciplines and health professions, including policy. Learning is interactive and scenarios are used to develop ethical thinking. Students will develop a written or multimedia research project based on an ethical and legal issue of their choosing.
Textbooks
Kerridge, I., Lowe, M., and Stewart, C. (2013). Ethics and law for the health professions. Leichardt: The Federation Press.
HSBH3005 Evidence Based Health Care

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Jeff Rogers Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: HSBH1007 or HSBH2007 Assessment: PICO framework (40%), annotated bibliography (20%), and critical appraisal essay (40%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Evidence-based health care is the conscientious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individuals or the delivery of health services. This unit will introduce students to evidence-based health care by developing an understanding of knowledge and evidence, and critical appraisal skills to inform decision-making in health care policy and practice.
Textbooks
Hoffman, T., Bennett, S. and Del Mar, C. (2013). Evidence-based practice across the health professions (2nd ed.). Chatswood: Elsevier.
HSBH3009 International Health

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Zakia Hossain Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hour lecture/week, 1x1-hr face-to-face/on-line tutorial/week Prerequisites: 48 credit points of units Prohibitions: BACH3128 Assessment: Online activities (35%); tutorial attendance and presentation (20%); and briefing paper 2500wd ( 45%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit examines theoretical and practical issues confronting global health professionals and practitioners, especially in low-resource settings. It provides students with opportunities to apply their disciplinary expertise in the interdisciplinary, international health setting. The unit takes interdisciplinary approach to introduce students to: a) historical, political and economic forces that influence the health of populations around the world and contribute to international health inequities; b) global health crises (emerging infectious disease, chronic disease and disability) facing both developed and developing countries and their impact; and, c) international health practices, including key actors and initiatives, as well as challenges and strategies for working in cross-cultural contexts. The unit provides students with an understanding of health determinants and interventions in international contexts, with a particular emphasis on low-resource settings. Examples of topics covered include health, poverty and inequality, foreign aid and development assistance, globalisation, technology and health. The unit also provides an introductory overview of contemporary international health challenges such as food security, humanitarian crises and climate change. Students will undertake individual and group work to study global health from multiple disciplinary perspectives; they will investigate an in-depth study of a global health issue, exploring the context in which it emerged and the forces that propel it, and advocate for actions to improve the issue in a specific local context and population group.
HSBH3011 Rural Health

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Leigh Wilson Session: Semester 1 Classes: Distance education/intensive on-campus mode. Web-based learning, Week 1 lecture (2hrs) on campus with mandatory attendance. All other materials will be delivered asynchronously online. Prerequisites: HSBH1007 or HSBH2007 Assessment: Attendance at timetabled lecture and online participation (25%), individual report (30%), group project (45%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Distance education/intensive on campus
This unit introduces students to a range of practice and research issues in rural health care. Topics covered include: the nature and variety of rural settings; special populations and cultural safety; rural health needs and access to health services; relevant models of health service delivery; and the rural health workforce and inter-professional practice.
HSBH3012 Sydney Health Students Abroad

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Nikki Wedgewood Session: Intensive December,Intensive June Classes: Online pre-departure lectures and briefing session, half-day debriefing session. Prerequisites: A minimum of 48 credit points Assessment: Pre-departure research (30%), field diary (30%), report (40%) Practical field work: 4-6 weeks working with a community-based organisation in a developing country. Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Field experience
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Students interested in participating must obtain permission from their course director before enrolling in FHS Abroad. Some degrees require participants have a minimum credit average.
Cultural practices, disease patterns and healthcare systems are vastly different in different countries around the globe. This unit provides students with the opportunity to gain international experience in a health services setting in a developing country. Students will participate in a 4-6 week health or care placement with a community-based organisation in South or Southeast Asia. As part of the unit, you will be expected to participate in local development programs, live within the community that you are visiting, and document and reflect on key health and development issues facing local populations. The unit will require you to demonstrate cultural sensitivity and an ability to adapt to new environments, a capacity for critical reflection and awareness of complex global health and development issues.
HSBH3013 FHS Indigenous Communities

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Josephine Gwynn Session: Semester 2 Classes: 6x2-hr workshops, 2 x 1 -hr debriefing sessions (in person), and online learning activities. Prerequisites: Successful completion of 72 credit points in an undergraduate degree Assessment: Pre-fieldwork preparation paper 1000wd (15%), completion of online cultural competence modules and 250 word critical reflection (30%) participation and contribution to online learning activities and discussion (10%), Fieldwork critical reflection and report (45%), Practical field work: 4-6 weeks working in an Indigenous community. Please note this will occur over the summer break at the end of Semester 2, and can occur anytime up to commencement of Semester 1 the following year. Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Field experience
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Students are required to attend an interview with the unit of study course coordinator prior to enrolling (please email to arrange) and consult with their course director to ensure that there are no timetable conflicts with other Units of Study also being undertaken during semester 2.
This unit aims to prepare students to work with Aboriginal people, families and community. It provides theoretical and practical knowledge about relevant models of community development in Aboriginal communities. The unit will expand understanding on Aboriginal cultures and equip students with foundation skills to work with Aboriginal communities on localised projects. The course begins by introducing students to philosophies and practices of cultural competence in an Aboriginal community health service environment, and completion of 6 online modules on cultural competence. Students will be introduced to key concepts of Aboriginal health service delivery and apply these to local Aboriginal communities. Historical and political contexts (determinants) of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health will be explored. Students will build on these skills and knowledge by working with an Aboriginal community on a 4 week community development project.
Students will gain experience in working with Aboriginal communities through their placement in a health service organisation or similar. The placement options include Aboriginal Community Controlled organisations, and the Unit of Study endeavours to match the location of the project placement with that required by student, however this may not always be feasible. The FHS provides no financial support for attendance at the project placement and you are expected to cover the costs for travel, accommodation and incidentals.
Textbooks
Kickett-Tucker, D et al (Eds) Mia Mia Aboriginal Community Development-fostering cultural security. Melbourne, Australia: Cambridge University Press.
HSBH3015 Mental Health Rehabilitation

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Lynda Matthews Session: Semester 1 Classes: Online Prerequisites: 48 credit points Assessment: 2x online assessments (20%) ,1x2000wd essay (50%) and participation (30%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Online
Poor mental health poses a major challenge to our society, and health care professionals, among others, are charged with 'making a difference'. To do so, they need to be equipped with the most up-to-date knowledge of effective mental health approaches and interventions. This unit will overview major mental health conditions and significant social, philosophical, and historical influences on health care service delivery and reform to provide a context for contemporary rehabilitation practice. Students will be introduced to the goals, values and guiding principles of psychiatric rehabilitation and to practices that aim to address the culture of stigma and low expectations by society of people with mental health conditions. Rehabilitation interventions that have demonstrated efficacy in promoting recovery by reducing obstacles to participation for people with mental health conditions will be examined. Local and international research underpinning best practice in rehabilitation management and service delivery will be reviewed and consumer perspectives and experiences explored.
HSBH3016 Individual and Societal Ageing

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Kate O'Loughlin Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1-hr lecture, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: HSBH1003 or HSBH1013 Assessment: 1500wd essay (30%), tutorial and online activities (30%) and 1hr exam (40%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Bachelor of Health Sciences students must have completed 24 credit points of HSBH junior units for enrolment into this unit. All other students must have completed 48 credit points.
This unit offers students an insight into the challenges and opportunities associated with population ageing and what is required to meet the needs of the increasing numbers of older people and those who will interact with them. It addresses the social and individual dimensions of ageing, health and well-being and the transitions that occur in later life. There will be an emphasis on the policy and practice implications of an ageing society and the role of various public and private providers (government, health care practitioners, family, voluntary) in providing services and care to older people. Students will be expected to develop a critical understanding of the issues related to ageing and the life course and gain an understanding of initiatives and policy debates relating to population ageing and quality of life of older people, their families and carers.
HSBH3018 Quantitative Research Methods in Health

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Tatjana Seizova-Cajic Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr laboratory session/week, 1x1-hr tutorial session/fortnight Prerequisites: HSBH1007 or HSBH2007 Prohibitions: PSYC2012 or SCLG3603 Assessment: Group presentation (7%), Quizzes (18%), 1200wd report (25%) and end of semester exam (50%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Students taking the Health major or minor from Table S who have not met the MATH or DATA pre-requisites may be granted permission to enrol on a case-by-case basis
This unit will deepen your knowledge about design of observational and experimental studies in health, current issues in health research and statistical procedures for data analysis. We will discuss published studies and analyse our own data using correlation, linear regression, t-test, ANOVA, odds ratio, relative risk, etc., with understanding of fundamentals of statistical theory. You will develop the ability to draw a sound conclusion about the research question taking into account both statistical result and study design. You will learn to use Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS), and how to write concise research reports. The unit will prepare you to be a critical reader of health research and to engage in further research training should you wish to do so.
Textbooks
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HSBH3019 Qualitative Research Methods in Health

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Justin McNab Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hr Workshop/week, 1x1-hr online tutorial/week Prerequisites: HSBH1007 or HSBH2007 Prohibitions: SCLG2602 or BACH4056 Assessment: research report (30%), project report (30%), end semester take home exam (40%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study has three aims: to build on core units of study offered in First Year and Second Year to provide critical appraisal skills in reading and utilising qualitative research related to health behaviour and health care; to understand the theoretical orientation of contemporary qualitative health research methods; and to develop skills in undertaking qualitative research methods. With a focus on applying critical and theoretical knowledge, the unit has a practical orientation and students will gain experience in techniques of observation, document analysis, in-depth interviewing and focus group interviews.
HSBH3022 Health Promotion: Principles and Practice

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Justin McNab Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2-hr workshop/week Prerequisites: HSBH1007 or HSBH2007 Assessment: 1x1500wd essay (40%), 1x 15-min group oral presentation (10%) and 1x 2000wd project plan (50%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study introduces students to the key theories, principles and frameworks underpinning health promotion in the context of a disciplinary group project. Across the unit of study, students engage with their peers in the development and application of critical insight into individual and socio-ecological approaches, models of community participation, and settings approaches. Students will develop an appreciation that effective health promotion involves actions that are aimed, not only at increasing the knowledge and skills of individuals, but also at strengthening community action and to create living and working environments that support health. Students will develop knowledge in the application of health promotion programs through their disciplinary group project taking account of diverse populations and settings, including Indigenous, culturally and linguistically diverse groups and rural groups. Through their project work, students will consider how health promotion fits within the broader health context, and the ways in which health promotion practitioners work collaboratively with communities, work places, schools, government and other health professionals to improve the health of populations. The theoretical and applied skills that students develop will prepare students for careers in health promotion practice and research.
HSBH3026 Industry and Community Project

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Mark Halaki Session: Intensive December,Intensive February,Intensive January,Intensive July,Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: blended learning, (online material, face-to-face seminars and group work) Prerequisites: A minimum of 72 credit points Assessment: group plan (20%), group presentation (10%), individual reflection statement (20%), group report (50%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Through this unit, undergraduate students will participate in an interdisciplinary group project, working with one of the University's industry and community partners. Students will work in teams on a real-world problem provided by the partner, applying their disciplinary expertise and gaining valuable experience in working across disciplinary boundaries. In working on authentic problems, students will encounter richly contextualized issues that will require input from people with a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and experiences. Developing solutions to complex problems requires students to work effectively in interdisciplinary groups. The unit will provide the opportunity for students to integrate their developing knowledge and experience, and apply them in circumstances of the kind they can expect to encounter in professional life. Interdisciplinary group work will provide the opportunity to build the skills to work across disciplinary, cultural and/or professional boundaries. . For more information please see: https://sydney.edu.au/students/industry-and-community-projects.html.