• Offered by ANU Medical School
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Health Science
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Health Medicine and the Body, Epidemiology, Biomedical Science, Health
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Rosalie Aroni
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
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This multidisciplinary course is designed to introduce the science that underpins popular health topics. Students completing the course will learn the language of health science while developing a capacity to view health issues from social, cultural and scientific perspectives.  Through research-led teaching students will gain an insight into how data on complex health issues is collected, analysed and ultimately translated into guidelines and policy to improve health.  Approaches that health practitioners and policy makers use to promote healthy behaviours and minimize harm will be introduced.

Learning Outcomes

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

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

  1. Differentiate between health/wellness and disease/disability incorporating perspectives from different health traditions and cultures.
  2. Interpret key indicators of the impact of disease in terms of its incidence, prevalence, and measures of disease burden on society.
  3. Discuss the difference between evidence based arguments and pseudoscience in relation to health myths.
  4. Discuss the current knowledge of the impact of major health conditions both globally and within Australia, and the roles of health systems, government and non-government health departments and agencies in managing health.
  5. Discuss the unique challenges to improving health outcomes in Indigenous Australian populations.
  6. Discuss the relative contributions of social and biological determinants of disease and the role of lifestyle choices in the development of chronic diseases. 
  7. Apply basic ethical principles as they relate to the delivery of healthcare, research, and health equality.
  8. Describe the approaches used by health practitioners and policy makers use to promote healthy behaviours and minimize harm.
  9. Describe risks of climate change and unsustainable development to health .

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:
  • Written assignment outline 5% final submission 25% = (30%) (LO3)
  • Online exercises (6 x 5% = 30%) (LO1-9) 
  • Exam (40%) (LO1-9)

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2 hours face to face teaching sessions per week plus online learning activities.  Plus 3 x 1 hour academic skills workshops related to the written assignment

Prescribed Texts

To be advised

Preliminary Reading

To be advised

Assumed Knowledge

This is an introductory course to the broad field of health science. It assumes no prior knowledge.


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
2018 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4756 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person N/A

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