- Code POPH3000
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Population Health
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Population Health
- Areas of interest Population Studies, Public Health, Health
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Richard Burns
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2021
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This course has been adjusted for remote participation in Sem 2 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions. On-campus activities will also be available.
The course will help students gain a broad understanding of the overarching principles of population health, and the role of the discipline in improving health and reducing health inequities. This course will provoke interest in undergraduates around population health and will introduce the subject to students interested in pursuing a career path in public health at the graduate level. It will also lead to an appreciation of population health within the context of other health sciences, thus broadening the foundation for students in other cognate disciplines. This course therefore covers community assessment, health systems in Australia, point of care data collection, preventive strategies, and population level health interventions.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Define and explain basic principles and concepts of epidemiology.
- Calculate and interpret rudimentary measures of risk.
- Describe basic epidemiologic study designs and explain the advantages and disadvantages of each design to identify cause and effect relationships between exposures and health outcomes.
- Judge the quality of evidence in primary research from the epidemiologic literature.
- Critically evaluate population level interventions in action to a problem/scenario that aims to prevent future disease, potential epidemics, reduce mortality or lead to health gains.
- Evaluate the scientific basis for policy recommendations to a major public health issue and develop and propose a policy recommendation to that major public health issue within an Australian context.
- Tutorial Oral Presentation (10) [LO 4,5]
- Mid-Semester Online Quiz (25) [LO 1,2,3]
- End-of-Semester Exam (25) [LO 1,4,5]
- Written Assignment – A literature review of a public health initiative in action (2000 words) (40) [LO 1,3,4,5,6]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 1 x 2 hour seminar, 1 x 1 hour tutorial plus 1 hour of recorded online lecture material per week.
- Approximately 82 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
Preliminary Reading1. Cibula DA, Novick LF, Morrow CB, Sutphen SM. Community health assessment. Am J
Prev Med. 2003 May;24(4 Suppl):118-23. PubMed PMID: 12744991.
2. Shmueli, Amir, and Elizabeth Savage. "Private and public patients in public hospitals in Australia." Health policy 115.2 (2014): 189-195.
3. Boxall, Anne-Marie. "The future of Medicare: what's in store?." Australian Health Review 38.2 (2014): 123-124.
4. Lofgren, Hans. "The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and the shifting paradigm of welfare policy." Australian Health Review 21.2 (1998): 111-123.
5. Miller, Megge, et al. "Evaluation of Australia's National Notifiable Disease Surveillance System." (2004): 311.
6. Aung, Eindra, Chalapati Rao, and Sue Walker. "Teaching cause-of-death certification: lessons from international experience." Postgraduate medical journal 86.1013 (2010): 143-152.
7. Patterson, C., and L. W. Chambers. Preventive health care. The Lancet 345.8965 (1995): 1611-1615.
8. Beaton, Angela. Prevention of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease. Chapter 3: Population-level prevention initiatives and interventions. aihw.gov.au 11 Dec 2009
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