1 x 2-hour lecture fortnightly
1 x 50-minute tutorial fortnightly
Enrolment not permitted
1 of PHCA8001, PHCA8501 has been successfully completed
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

This topic aims 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
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Explain the historical development of current approaches to public health
  2. Analyze the relationships between social determinants of health and health status, using relevant theoretical approaches
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the implications of a social determinants of health approach for action for change in public health

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.