• Class Number 3222
  • Term Code 3230
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Rosalie Aroni
    • Dr Rosalie Aroni
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 21/02/2022
  • Class End Date 27/05/2022
  • Census Date 31/03/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
SELT Survey Results

This multidisciplinary course provides an introduction to the health arena. Students completing the course will learn about the biological, behavioural, social and ecological determinants of health and will develop a capacity to view health issues from scientific, social, cultural and policy perspectives. Students will gain insight into current and historical health challenges faced locally and globally. They will be introduced to not only issues raised in relation to health service delivery and public health but also the intersections between them.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, 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. Explain burden of disease indicators and apply this knowledge in analysing the impact of health conditions locally and globally;
  3. Understand the concept of health determinants (biological, behavioural, social and environmental) and discuss the relative contributions of these to health and wellbeing;
  4. Describe the major components of the Australian health system and their roles in managing health;
  5. Explain key principles in providing equitable health care across diverse population groups;
  6. Explain the relationship between health service delivery, public health and global health and apply this knowledge to health policy challenges.

Research-Led Teaching

All lecturers will make use of evidence drawn from relevant disciplinary research to benefit student learning and outcomes. Some may share their own research findings with students which will provide students with special insights into the specific fields discussed. Having access to lecturers who are also key leaders in the field may mean that the class structure, that is lecture topic may change to another week in order to accommodate access to these experts.

Examination Material or equipment

internet and computer access

Required Resources

Required readings and other resources will be listed or uploaded on Wattle throughout the course. These will be provided for each session (lectures and tutorials).

Recommended student system requirements 

ANU courses commonly use a number of online resources and activities including:

  • video material, similar to YouTube, for lectures and other instruction
  • two-way video conferencing for interactive learning
  • email and other messaging tools for communication
  • interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities
  • print and photo/scan for handwritten work
  • home-based assessment.

To fully participate in ANU learning, students need:

  • A computer or laptop. Mobile devices may work well but in some situations a computer/laptop may be more appropriate.
  • Webcam
  • Speakers and a microphone (e.g. headset)
  • Reliable, stable internet connection. Broadband recommended. If using a mobile network or wi-fi then check performance is adequate.
  • Suitable location with minimal interruptions and adequate privacy for classes and assessments.
  • Printing, and photo/scanning equipment

For more information please see https://www.anu.edu.au/students/systems/recommended-student-system-requirements

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • Written comments on assignments;
  • Verbal comments;
  • Feedback to the whole class;
  • To groups; and
  • To individuals.

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Please note that lecture topics and dates for individual lectures may change due to availability of guest lecturers - you will be notified in advance if this is the case.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction: Conceptualizing health and disease, illness and wellness in the 21st century
2 Theories and determinants of health: Microbial resistance to antibiotics as a case study
3 Burden of disease, determinants of health and public health interventions
4 Infectious disease and global health: Key concepts and case studies Canberra Day Public Holiday
5 Chronic disease, impairment and disability Quiz 1 held in tutorials
6 Culture and Health A
7 Culture and Health B
8 Health Technologies in the 21st century ANZAC DAY Public Holiday Essay due 6th May Online submission using Turnitin
9 Rural Health
10 Health systems: Local and global Quiz 2 held in tutorials
11 Health policy
12 Bioethics across the life course in the 21st century:clinical and public health contexts Revision and practice exam in tutorials

Tutorial Registration

Refer to Wattle

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Tutorial Assessments 30 % 28/02/2022 27/05/2022 1,2,3,4,5,6
Essay 30 % 06/05/2022 * 1,2,3,4,5,6
End of Semester Exam 40 % 02/06/2022 * 1,2,3,4,5,6

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


This one semester course will be taught over four hours contact time per week (one 2 hour lecture and one 2 hour tutorial per week) with associated readings and other resources. Tutorials are compulsory and will begin in Week 2. This course may include guest presentations by experts.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 28/02/2022
Return of Assessment: 27/05/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

Tutorial Assessments

This assessment task has three components (A, B and C) each worth 10%. This comes to a total of 30% of your final grade for this course.

Tutorials will begin in Week 2 of the course and are compulsory given the associated summative assessment requirements. Please note there are multiple activities associated with this task, each with individual due dates. The date range for this task comprises the start of the semester and the end of the teaching period. Please check the course Wattle site for specific details.

(A) Quiz 1 will be held in Week 5 of the course and will examine course material covered in Weeks 1-4 inclusive. Course materials will include lecture material, learning in tutorial sessions, weekly readings and other resources provided. This component of Assessment Task 1 is worth 10%. Estimated return date of quiz results: approximately 1 week after completion.

(B) Quiz 2 will be held in Week 10 of the course and will examine course material covered in Weeks 6-9 inclusive. Course materials will include lecture material, learning in tutorial sessions, weekly readings and other resources provided. This component of Assessment Task 1 is worth 10%. Estimated return date of quiz results: approximately 1 week after completion.

(C) Tutorial pre-reading component: Students are required to complete a set weekly tutorial pre-readings (beginning in Week 2 and finishing in Week 11). This component requires reading/viewing specific listed resources (article/s, chapter/s or watching a video) and responding to questions on the weekly template provided on Wattle. The completed template must be submitted on Wattle prior to the tutorial. This component of Assessment Task 1 is worth 10%.

TOTAL VALUE OF ASSESSMENT TASK 1 (components A, B and C) = 30% of final grade

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 06/05/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6


Students will be provided with essay topics in Week 2 of the course. The essay topics will be accompanied by the assessment rubric and a set of detailed instructions. These instructions will include formatting and presentation requirements and will be available on Wattle.

Value: 30%.

Length: (2,500 words)

Due date: 6th May

Estimated return date: approx. 25-28th May

Assessment Task 3

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 02/06/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

End of Semester Exam

The examination will include questions drawn from lecture material, tutorial sessions and required readings across the full semester. (Students will be provided with a practice exam in the final week of semester to assist in their study preparation). It is expected that the completion of the pre-reading tutorial templates will provide a solid basis for revision of readings as will both sets of quiz questions.

Value: 40 %

Please check the ANU final Examination Timetable http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/examination-timetable to confirm the date, time and location of the exam. The exam will take place within the official end of semester exam period. The official end of semester results will be released on ISIS.

Please be advised that the mode of delivery for the assessment may be determined by the social distancing/travel restriction conditions in place at the time of the exam.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep an electronic and hard copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item unless an extension was granted.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Assignments will be returned to students electronically or the Convenor will provide a set date when they will be available for pick up.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Rosalie Aroni
6125 0605

Research Interests

Health service delivery and quality of care, chronic disease (diabetes, CVD, respiratory health), ethnicity and health, public health, global health, intersection between clinical and public health,media and health, health policy and social determinants of health

Dr Rosalie Aroni

Monday By Appointment
By Appointment
Dr Rosalie Aroni

Research Interests

Dr Rosalie Aroni

Monday By Appointment
By Appointment

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