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PUH8010 Integrated Public Health Core A

Units : 2
School or Department : School of Health and Medical Sciences
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 4 October 2023


Public health in the 21st century includes emerging health challenges including, but not limited to globalisation, climate change and aging populations. In addition, the importance of a systems-based and integrated approach to health is becoming increasingly important. Therefore, this course uses a life course and integrated discipline approach to achieve the various core competencies required of public health graduates. The integrated structure of this course acknowledges and nurtures the strong interdisciplinary approach required of public health practitioners. The course content and outcomes are informed by the Council of Academic Public Health Institutions of Australia (CAPHIA) guidelines for public health, graduate areas of practice and related practice goals. Completion of this course will prepare students for the other courses delivered in the Masters of Public Health program.

This is a core introductory course in the Masters of Public Health and integrates the five disciplines and foundational competencies required of public health graduates. The five public health disciplines are: biostatistics; epidemiology; environmental health; health policy and management and social and behavioural sciences. A team-based approach is applied where experts in each discipline will deliver a component of the course. Core content will be taught in small modules and then integrated into case-based learning so that students can understand the inter-connectedness of disciplines.

Each of the core courses includes the topics related to public health by scaffolding the content and complexity of knowledge and outcomes. The topics addressed in this course provides students with the basic knowledge and fundamental skills for each of the topics. At the completion of this course, students will meet the competencies for each of the five public health disciplines: health monitoring and surveillance; disease prevention and control; health promotion; health protection; heath policy; and planning and management (health systems).

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2023 On-campus Ipswich
Semester 1, 2023 Online
Semester 2, 2023 On-campus Ipswich
Semester 2, 2023 Online
Date printed 4 October 2023