WELLBEING AND PREVENTION IN HEALTH

PHE5WPH

2015

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Students will develop an appreciation of historical and contemporary contexts for, and practice in, public health and health promotion. They will also gain insight into the system underpinnings for public health practice. 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 the evidence base supporting them (iii) new and emerging issues for public health and health promotion including health inequalities, disaster recovery, problem gambling and climate change; (iv) interventions relevant to at risk and vulnerable populations in Australia such as Indigenous Australians, marginalised populations and low income groups; (v) approaches to locating and assessing evidence, and applying evidence in context. Students completing this subject will become familiar with the emergence, goals and status of the national prevention agenda in Australia and reflect on the status of this agenda in other countries.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSally Fawkes

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAustralia: the healthiest country by 2020 - the roadmap for actionPreliminaryAustralian Government 2009NATIONAL PREVENTIVE HEALTH TASKFORCE, CANBERRA
ReadingsPublic Health Practice in Australia. The Organised Effort. (2nd Ed)RecommendedLin, V., Smith, J. and Fawkes, S., 2014ALLEN AND UNWIN, SYDNEY
ReadingsAdvocacy and action in public health: lessons from Australia over the 20th centuryPrescribedGruszin S, Hetzel D & Glover J. (2012)COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA, CANBERRA
Readings"Sick individuals and sick populations", International Journal of Epidemiology, 30 (3): 427-432. doi: 10.1093/ije/30.3.427PreliminaryRosen, G (2001).

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Review, analyze and synthesize knowledge relevant to solving complex public health problems and building public health capacity for action

Activities:
Research, locate and analyse knowledge in a variety of aspects of public health
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Exercise critical thinking in developing new understanding of public health practice and systems

Activities:
Review scholarly materials to scope and analyse changes in public health action over time
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Understand and apply the principles of complex adaptive systems

Activities:
Represent a public health problem in terms of a complex adaptive system
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)

04. Explain the history, diversity and health-related traditions and experiences of various cultures and social groups in Australia

Activities:
Investigate the health and wellbeing needs, perspectives and aspirations of various population groups
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

05. Apply knowledge and skills with creativity and initiative to new situations and health-related issues

Activities:
Collaborate with other students to research, analyse and develop an original response to a public health problem
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

06. Present outcomes clearly and coherently to a variety of audiences

Activities:
Design responses to assessment tasks so they use a variety of formats (report, essay, group presentation) for different audiences
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City, 2015, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSally Fawkes

Class requirements

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

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
one 1,500-word assignment33 01, 02, 06
one 1,500-word essayThis assessment focuses on Indigenous Australians and health inequality33 01, 02, 04, 06
group presentation wtih individual contribution equivalent to 1,500-word reportThe group presentation is an extension of the 1,500-word assignment34 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06