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PMC1101 Public Health

Semester 1, 2022 Ipswich On-campus
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Medical Sciences
Student contribution band : Band 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 2 July 2022


Examiner: Paul Gardiner


According to the World Health Organisation, public health refers to all organised measures (whether public or private) to prevent disease, promote health, and prolong life within populations. Content and activities presented in this course aims to inform students about maintaining health focusing on entire populations, as opposed to individuals and diseases. This Public Health course highlights promoting physical and mental health within communities which is a key priority among local, national and international agencies. This course is in line the Paramedicine Board of Australia’s requirement that includes paramedics promote health in communities and have an understanding of public health principles.

Public Health (PMC1101) will introduce concepts and data surrounding public health and provides students with an understanding of health outcomes and associated determinants within Australia and globally. Factors influencing health and disease within various population groups and communities, as well as health promotion principles will be explored and analysed throughout this course to prepare students for their role as future health professionals.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Understand the various definitions of health and how it relates to public health;
  2. Identify determinants of health including social cultural, biological and global factors;
  3. Define the terms and examine the concepts relating to epidemiology and health and health promotion;
  4. Identify a range of health promotion theories and strategies to promote the health of populations;
  5. Explain and analyse the main contributors to the burden of disease in Australia and globally;
  6. Acknowledge the importance of multidisciplinary health professionals working together to promote the health of populations.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Health and wellbeing and introduction to public health 15.00
2. Public health assessment and understanding risk 10.00
3. Healthcare systems and services 10.00
4. Multidisciplinary approaches to healthcare 10.00
5. Community health interventions 10.00
6. Health promotion and education 15.00
7. Public Health policy 15.00
8. Disease and disease prevention 15.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Fleming, M & Parker, E 2019, Introduction to Public Health, 4th edn, Elsevier Science, Chatswood NSW.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Quiz No 35 1,2,3,8
Assignments Written Essay No 35 6,8
Assignments Written Portfolio No 30 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
Date printed 2 July 2022