Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will develop an appreciation of historical and contemporary contexts for, and practice in, public health and health promotion. There will be a focus on five themes: (i) health promotion and prevention in the context of complex systems shaping health (including the health care system); (ii) interventions on important public health issues including tobacco, nutrition, physical activity, alcohol, mental health, violence, and various at-risk population groups such as indigenous Australians and low income groups; (iii) new and emerging issues for public health including health inequalities, disaster recovery, problem gambling and climate change; (iv) at risk and vulnerable populations, (v)approaches to applying evidence in context. Students completing this subject will become familiar with the emergence and status of the national prevention agenda in Australia.

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSally Fawkes

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

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Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAustralia: the healthiest country by 2020 - the roadmap for actionRecommendedAustralian Government 2009NATIONAL PREVENTATIVE HEALTH TASKFORCE, CANBERRA
ReadingsPublic Health Practice in Australia. The Organised Effort. (2nd Ed)RecommendedLin, V., Smith, J. and Fawkes, S., 2014ALLEN AND UNWIN: SYDNEY

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSally Fawkes

Class requirements

Five 1.0 days lecture per study period and delivered via face-to-face.
"Block mode consisting of five full days per semester."


Assessment elementComments%
one 1,500-word assignment33
one 1,500-word essay33
one 1,500-word report34