On Campus
6 x 2-hour lectures per semester
6 x 1-hour tutorials per semester
1 x 7-hour independent study weekly

Distance Online
6 x 2-hour online lecture per semester
6 x 1-hour online tutorial per semester
1 x 84-hour independent study per semester
Topic description

This topic provides an introduction to public health for undergraduate students. It will require students to understand concepts that underpin public health including the social determinants of health and health equity. In undertaking this topic, students will demonstrate skills that are vital to practically relevant public health practice, including critical analysis and reflexivity, and understand how public health evidence is obtained and interpreted. Students will be exposed to and have the opportunity to discuss contemporary issues in public health.

Educational aims

  • Students will gain an introductory understanding of public health including key concepts and contemporary issues

  • Students will develop skills required for public health practice including reflexivity and critical analysis
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Understand concepts including health, public health, social determinants of health and health equity
  2. Demonstrate skills for public health professionals including critical analysis and reflexivity
  3. Understand how evidence is obtained and interpreted in public health
  4. Demonstrate critical analysis of public health issues

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

Each class is numbered in brackets.
Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


If you are enrolled for this topic, but all classes for one of the activities (eg tutorials) are full,
contact your College Office for assistance. Full classes frequently occur near the start of semester.

Students may still enrol in topics with full classes as more places will be made available as needed.

If this padlock appears next to an activity name (eg Lecture), then class registration is closed for this activity.

Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.