The unit aims to provide a public health perspective on the impact of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and HIV. On completion of this unit, students should be able to: (i) Understand the underlying principles of the surveillance systems used to monitor STIs and HIV; (ii) Understand the core risk activity groups involved in the transmissions of STIs and HIV; (iii) Understand how the epidemiologies of STIs and HIV vary within and between societies; (iv) Understand the public health impacts of STIs and HIV; and (v) Understand effective preventative strategies at individual and community levels. Course content will include an introduction to the basic biology of HIV and STIs; epidemilogy and surveillance methods; impact of vulnerable at-risk populations; prevention technologies and policy approaches.
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 into the face-to-face version.
Written assignment (70%); Online quiz (20%); Online discussions (10%)