PUBH2004 – Understanding Health Behaviours
This course uses a behavioural epidemiology framework to understand behaviours that are linked with chronic diseases. This framework guides researchers to understand the relationships between health behaviours and health outcomes, to develop accurate measures of health behaviours and to identify factors that influence health behaviours at both an individual and population level. This course teaches students the concepts, methods and evidence for researching these key elements of the behavioural epidemiology framework. The knowledge gained from this course provides the necessary grounding for understanding how to bring about health behaviour changes.
PUBH3005 – Inﬂuencing Health Behaviours
This course teaches students about evidence-based health behaviour intervention programs, using the behavioural epidemiology framework. Key elements of the framework focused on in this course include understanding and influencing health behaviour change. This course equips students with the practical skills and applied knowledge required to deal with a range of health behaviour intervention programs and draws from multiple examples of real-world intervention programs.
PUBH2008 - Major Diseases and their Control
The course explores the epidemiology, risk factors, and current prevention and control strategies for the most prevalent non-communicable diseases (NCDs), both in Australia and internationally. Non-communicable diseases are the leading cause of illness and death worldwide, and many are caused by modifiable risk factors such as: tobacco use, an unhealthy diet, insufficient physical activity and harmful use of alcohol. An expert team of guest lecturers, consisting of clinicians, allied health practitioners, researchers and non-government organisations, will draw on their knowledge and experience to deliver weekly lectures. Students are encouraged to read widely, think critically, actively debate ideas and utilise knowledge from previous courses.
PUBH1102 - Introduction to Public Health
This course helps students gain a broad understanding of the history and overarching principles of public health, and the role of the discipline in improving health and reducing health inequities. In this course, students study the multiple and interacting factors which impact on human health, including bio-physiology; behaviour; culture; and the social, material (built), and natural environments. Students are also introduced to the concepts and tools used to assess and measure the health status of populations, analyse the determinants of health, and determine the effectiveness of interventions.
PUBH3001- Health Services Planning & Evaluation (co-coordinated with SPH)
This course will equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to contribute to collaborative and evidence-based health services planning and evaluation. Students will examine the core components of the health services planning and evaluation process and their application in practice. The course will be structured sequentially around these core components and teaching and learning activities will be used to develop understanding through academic literature, real world examples and critical thinking and discussion. Our particular focus will be on the contemporary Australian context but international examples and case studies will also be included.