• Offered by ANU Medical School
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Medicine
  • Areas of interest Public Health, Health
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Merryn Bryant
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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This course is designed to examine the fundamental principles of health protection and health promotion, both as theoretical studies and also by taking a critical view on past and current practice, in order to develop and implement better interventions for future health threats.  Some of the issues that are covered in this course include surveillance systems, methods used in the prevention of communicable and non-communicable diseases, chemical/radiological hazards, the impact of globalisation on public health, the role of the National and International Health Protection Agencies, reporting and recording data.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:


• critically discuss the fundamentals of public health protection and health promotion in educating and protecting people from communicable and  non-communicable diseases and in preventing harm when hazards involving chemicals, poisons or radiation occur. (LO1)


• critique the main issues regarding the theory and practice of health promotion, health surveillance, management and planning of health interventions. (LO2)


• To critically review new and emerging health  interventions for threats, such as a bio-chemical threats or virulent new strains of disease.(LO3)

Other Information

The course will consist of advanced reading, weekly seminars, formal lectures and student activities. The course will be delivered in fact-to-face and on-line mode.


Indicative Assessment

20% - 500-750 word take home exam LO2


60% - 3000 word essay LO1, LO2, LO3


20% - Seminar presentation LO2, LO3 (via Skype for students participating online)

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


Students participating online will be supported by recorded lectures, online forum and structured lecture material and directed reading.  Skype tutorials will also be made available based on the needs of individual students.


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:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3894
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $5190
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9939 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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