This unit introduces you to the theoretical and practical underpinnings of public health via a diverse range of case studies. Together we will critically analyse what public health is and what it seeks to achieve. We will explore key concepts that will be taken up in more detail in other core and elective units, challenge current orthodoxies, and seek to develop a reflective and analytical approach to public health practice and research. We will have a particular focus on exploring the health and well-being challenges experienced by indigenous peoples, migrants and other disadvantaged groups, in Australia and globally. We will do this through considering the meaning of evidence and the historical and contemporary public health context, with the aim of working together to identify ethical, innovative and effective solutions. Throughout this unit you will be encouraged to interact with your unit coordinators, tutors and fellow students, ask questions, and respectfully debate answers to questions such as: What is public health? What does it mean to think beyond the social determinants? What is equity and why does it matter?
face-to-face students 1 x 2 day workshop + 1 x 3 day workshop; participation assessable online students 1 x 7 day tutorial and online discussion + 1 x 10 day tutorial and online discussion; equivalent to workshop; participation assessable
workshop and online participation 5% 1 x online quiz 15% 1 x 1500 word essay 30% 1 x 3500 word essay 50%
None, readings provided