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NUR1120 Burden of Disease and Health Equity

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Nursing and Midwifery
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules


Pre-requisite: NUR1100 and NUR1102 and NSC1501 and Students must be enrolled in the following Program: BNSG


This course is one of eight, first year, foundation courses in the Bachelor of Nursing Program. The impact of globalisation, rapid urbanisation and climate change directly challenge social cohesion and our healthcare systems. Fundamental to health professional practice is an understanding of how health and illness can be conceptualised and what factors determine health at an individual, family, community and population level. Providing holistic care across the lifespan is also dependent on the health professional developing an understanding of how an individual's health or experience of ill health may be influenced by the determinants of health. To meet changing health care demands, health professionals need to have an understanding of how different models and frameworks are used to respond to health priorities within the context of the Australian Health Care System and globally.

The learning and teaching approach will include the integration of community of inquiry of key policies and contemporary responses to different global contexts and health challenges. Tutorials will apply and contextualise the learnings in course readings and lectures for the student.

Students will be able to describe how health, illness and wellness can be conceptualised across the lifespan and how these concepts can be applied in terms of contemporary health models, theories and frameworks. Students will be able to identify a range of determinants which may impact on burden of disease including social, cultural, psychological and environmental factors. In addition, students will also begin to apply the knowledge of these determinants to the impact on an individual's experience of health or ill health. Students will also begin to develop knowledge of a health professional's role in preventing illness and the role of primary health care and health promotion. Students will develop an introductory understanding of the role of advocacy in health care for equity, social justice, community participation, cultural safety and inter-sectoral collaboration.

As per the BNSG Program Rules, students are required to attempt and submit all assessment items in a course. This program rule forms part of the USQ accreditation agreement with the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Council [ANMAC].

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2022 On-campus Ipswich
Semester 1, 2022 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 1, 2022 Online
Semester 2, 2022 On-campus Ipswich
Semester 2, 2022 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 2, 2022 Online
Date printed 10 February 2023