- Code CHMD8009
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by ANU Medical School
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Culture, Health and Medicine
- Areas of interest Health, Medicine and the Body
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Anna Olsen
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
Second Semester 2020
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Some activities that form part of this course can be taken remotely or on-campus in Sem 2 2020. Check timetable for details. Group limits may apply.
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
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
60% - 6000 word essay
15% - Seminar presentation (paper to be handed
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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.
There are no prescribed texts; Course readings will be provided.
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