• Offered by School of Medicine and Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • 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 2025
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Traditional approaches to health focus on the individual and are limited in that they take little account of context; local, cultural, social, environmental or global. 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 case examples from the literature to make explicit the ways in which there are hidden models directing health interventions, most of which ignore context.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Critically evaluate, from an anthropological perspective, individually focussed approaches in public health
  2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of major differences between individually focussed and structurally focussed health interventions
  3. Apply these concepts and principles in the analysis of particular public health issues in specific contexts
  4. Reflect on personal practice to integrate anthropological perspectives into current and future reasoning and decision-making.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Weekly reflections (15) [LO 1,2,4]
  2. Class debate (15) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Research proposal essay (70) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester/session including:

  • Face-to face component which may consist of one x one hour lecture, per week.
  • Approximately 118 hours of self-directed which will include preparation for lectures,

Inherent Requirements

No specific inherent requirements have been identified for this course.

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

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6.00 0.12500
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7707 21 Jul 2025 28 Jul 2025 31 Aug 2025 24 Oct 2025 In Person N/A
8162 21 Jul 2025 28 Jul 2025 31 Aug 2025 24 Oct 2025 Online N/A

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