This unit introduces students to the art, science and politics of public health, and presents key concepts that will be taken up in more detail in other core and elective units. Leading public health practitioners will use specific case studies to explore public health achievements and challenges in the context of Australian history, society, culture, economics, built and natural environment, and politics. There will be a particular focus on public health ethics, equity and empowerment, and students will gain an understanding of the far-reaching, myriad and intertwined determinants and other factors that impact on the health and well-being of diverse populations. Students will also be encouraged to interact with each other and their lecturers and tutors to problematise current approaches to public health, and identify potential solutions to current and emerging public health challenges. We will focus primarily on public health as it is enacted in Australia but international issues may also be discussed.
Available in block mode (2 x 1 day workshops) or online. Participation in workshop activities (face-to-face students) and online discussions (all students)
1 x 1500 word essay (70%), quizzes (15%), online discussions (10%), workshop participation (5%)
A set of readings will be provided online