• Offered by ANU Medical School
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Culture, Health and Medicine
  • Areas of interest Health, Medicine and the Body
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Graham Fordham
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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Traditional approaches to health focus on the individual but have severe limitations in that they take no account of the broader social context. This course gives students a unique opportunity to examine the central individual and structural approaches to public health and will equip them with the skills to make a reflexive examination of their own presuppositions about approaches to  public health issues and the effective translation of health interventions. The course draws on a wide range of ethnographic data, particularly on data concerning the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Southeast Asia, to make a comprehensive examination of the central individual and structurally focused models directing health interventions.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this subject students will be able to:

 • Demonstrate a critical understanding of at least two individually focused approaches towards public health interventions

• Articulate a  critical understanding of the major structural approaches to public health

• Evaluate the relative efficacy of individual and structural approaches to health interventions in relation to a wide range of health issues

• Reflectively evaluate taken-for-granted approaches to the understanding of public health issues

Indicative Assessment

60%  - 6000 word essay 

15% - Seminar presentation (paper to be handed in)

15% - Class participation

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Workload

The workload will be three contact hours per week comprising a combination of lectures and seminars, with the expectation of a further seven hours of independent study.

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed texts; Course readings will be provided.

Specialisations

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3096
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
2681 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person

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