Year
2020
Units
4.5
Contact
1 x 2-hour lecture fortnightly
1 x 50-minute tutorial fortnightly
Enrolment not permitted
1 of PHCA8001, PHCA8501 has been successfully completed
Assessment
Assignments.
Topic description
This topic is a foundational topic for anyone interested in public health. The topic will look at core values and principles in current public health including equity, empowerment. It will introduce students to primary health care and the history of the development of public health. This topic will look at different approaches to the Social determinants of health and well being including the structural factors and conditions affecting human populations. The topic will also introduce the concept of empowerment and processes of change linked to it especially considering the broad implications for change agent roles in public health.
Educational aims
The aim of this topic is to enable students to have a foundation understanding of the ways in which health is conceptualized in public health, how it came to be conceptualized in these ways and how these concepts are currently applied in public health.
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of this topic, students are expected to be able to:

  • Explain the historical development of current approaches to public health

  • Analyze the relationships between social determinants of health and health status, using relevant theoretical approaches

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the implications of a social determinants of health approach for action for change in public health