phe6ais advanced issues seminar




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, Doctor of Public Health students will have a shared understanding of the core areas of public health knowledge and practice, including the persistent tensions and debates in the field, the capacity for critical assessment of the historical origins, contemporary trends and developments in public health research, policy and practice. The seminars will incorporate an historical-analytical perspective to the major knowledge bases contributing to public health and adopt an interactive approach to learning. Seminal materials in the development of the field will be reviewed, along with contemporary commentaries. The subject will include site visits to illustrate theoretical materials.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPriscilla Robinson

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 6 - Doctoral

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in professional doctorate in Faculty of Health Sciences or have approval of student's course coordinator and subject coordinator.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Offered subject to sufficient enrolment numbers.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAustralian health systemRecommendedDuckett S.MELBOURNE: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, 3RD EDN., 2007.
ReadingsEvidence-based health policy: problems and possibilities.RecommendedLin V and Dwyer J.OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, MELBOURNE 2003.
ReadingsHuman frontiers, environments and disease: past patterns, uncertain futures.RecommendedMcMichael AJ.CAMBRIDGE: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2001.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify and analyse current critical issues in public health policy, provision or management to develop, evaluate and recommend potential solutions

Critical appraisal of peer-reviewed and grey literature which underpins each student's research topic

02. Contextualise areas of research interest in national and international settings

Identification, reading and analysis of a series of annual reports from a Bretton Woods or other organisation

03. Presentation of desktop research through verbal presentation, discussion, and papers which may be further developed for conference presentations and papers submitted for publication

Class presentation, written paper

04. Demonstrate understanding of the responsibilities and duty of care health practitioners have to participants and their data, including research data

Clear consideration of ethical aspects of research and health care in written papers and verbal tasks

05. Reflect on and learn from their own professional practice and provide insight and feedback to colleagues

Reflective writing and discussion

06. Demonstrate high-level understanding and skills in evidence based practice research, including data analysis and reporting of findings

Written assignment

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City, 2015, Week 12-25, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPriscilla Robinson

Class requirements

Block Mode
Four 6.0 hours block mode other recurrence and delivered via face-to-face.
"Students will attend four six-hour seminars on dates to be negotiated, usually scheduled during April and May."


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
One 1,500-word essay based on verbal presentation30
One 10-minute verbal presentation20
One 100-word book review20
One 1400-word commentary30