• 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 PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Anna Olsen
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2021
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This course is offered in two modes: online and in person. Please select the correct class number when enrolling for the relevant mode of delivery.

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

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

Indicative Assessment

60%  - 6000 word essay 

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

15% - Class participation

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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.

Prescribed Texts

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


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2021 $3630
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5580
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.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6411 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person View
7778 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 Online View

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