PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY

PHE5POL

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The focus of this subject is on the theory and practice of public health policy. Students will develop skills to participate competently in the design and critical analysis of policy at a level appropriate to a generalist public health practitioner.  The process of policy is conceptualised in terms of development, advocacy, implementation and evaluation. Key themes are:

What is policy?

How and when is policy formulated?

Who is involved in policy and why?

How is policy implemented and monitored?

How is policy reviewed, evaluated and improved?

Various policy theories and frameworks that seek to explain the policy making process will be introduced and critiqued. Institutional systems and structures that influence health policy making will be examined. Particular attention will be given to exploring the contemporary policy environment and political landscape that influence policy making, and the use of advocacy, evidence and policy instruments for implementing policy. Case studies will be used to illustrate key policy issues and to provide insights into specific policy areas.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMofi Islam

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Classes are held at the City . Subject is required for Master of Public Health students. PHE5POL is offered subject to sufficient enrolment numbers.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsHealth care and public policy: an Australian analysis.PrescribedPalmer, G., and Short, S. (2014, 5th Edn)MACMILLAN
ReadingsMaking health policy.PrescribedBuse, K., Mays, N. and Walt G. (2012, 2nd Edn)OPEN UNIVERSITY PRESS
ReadingsThe Australian health care system.RecommendedDuckett, S. (2011, 5th Edn)OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
ReadingsPolicyRecommendedColebatch, H. (2009, 3rd Edn)OPEN UNIVERSITY PRESS
ReadingsPublic Health Practice in Australia: The Organised EffortRecommendedLin, V., Smith J. and Fawkes, S. (2014, 2nd Edn)ALLEN AND UNWIN

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify, analyse and critically appraise the major state, national and international institutions, stakeholders and arrangements that shape and deliver health policy

Activities:
Engage with lecturers and guest speakers Complete selected readings Undertake group project work

02. Critically analyse and synthesise information and evidence concerning the contemporary policy environment within which health policy making occurs

Activities:
Engage with lecturers and guest speakers Complete selected readings Undertake group project work Independently research and write policy assignments Prepare analyses of policy debates in the media

03. Differentiate theories, models and frameworks of the policy process and use them to analyse contemporary health policy issues and arguments

Activities:
Engage with lecturers and guest speakers Complete selected readings Participate in tutorials Independently research and write policy assignments

04. Independently evaluate existing policy on a significant public health issue, and make recommendations for improvements

Activities:
Engage with lecturers and guest speakers Complete selected readings Participate in tutorials Independently research and write policy assignments

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City Campus, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size80

Enrolment information Due to limited resources Enrollment accepted until quota is reached

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMofi Islam

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 10 - 22
Five 7.0 hours lecture/workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Major policy analysis (3,000 words excluding references)50 01, 02, 03, 04
Group policy project (total word equivalent per student 1,000-words)Group Policy Project - group policy analysis with joint written submission (1,000-words) and group oral presentation (up to 15 minutes) (total word equivalent per student 1,000 words).20 01, 02
Ministerial briefing (1,000 words excluding references)30 01, 02, 03, 04