• Class Number 3106
  • Term Code 3330
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Rosalie Aroni
    • Dr Rosalie Aroni
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 20/02/2023
  • Class End Date 26/05/2023
  • Census Date 31/03/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
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. This will provide students with special insights into the specific topics discussed. Having access to lecturers who are also key leaders in the field may mean that the listed lecture sequence, that is, the lecture topics 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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Other Information

Please note that lecture topics and dates for individual lectures may change due to availability of expert 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 Communicable disease: Key concepts and case studies Canberra Day Public Holiday
5 Non communicable disease: Chronic disease, impairment and disability
6 Culture and Health A Quiz 1 held in tutorials
7 Culture and Health B
8 Health Technologies in the 21st century ANZAC DAY Public Holiday Essay due end of week (28th April) 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
13 Examination Period Notification of the exact date will be announced on the ANU Examinations website.

Tutorial Registration

Refer to Wattle

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Tutorial Assessments 30 % 1,2,3,4,5,6
Essay 30 % 1,2,3,4,5,6
End of Semester Exam 40 % 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 Integrity 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 Skills website. 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 %
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 6 of the course and will examine course material covered in Weeks 1-5 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 of weekly tutorial pre-readings (beginning in Week 2 ). 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 %
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: (guide: 2,500 words)

Due date: 28th April

Estimated return date: approx. 15th- 27th May

Assessment Task 3

Value: 40 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

End of Semester Exam

The examination will include questions drawn from lecture material, tutorial sessions, KuraCloud materials and required readings and other resources provided across the full semester. (Students will be provided with a practice exam in the final week of semester to assist in their study preparation). This may include multiple choice questions, short answer questions and long answer questions. It is expected that the completion of the tutorial pre-reading 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.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

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 until the end of the academic year. 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

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

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. Quiz results will be given within 2 weeks of completion. Essay

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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