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HS5004 - Population Health for Clinicians 4

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: Academy Division

Available to students enrolled in the Postgraduate Diploma of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Postgraduate Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Postgraduate Diploma of Rural and Remote Medicine, Master of Public Health, Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Master of Publ ic Health/Master of Business Administration, Master of Rural and Remote Medicine. Must be a medical practitioner, Division of General Practice staff, General Practice staff or other health professional as agreed to by the Head, Mt Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health (MICRRH).

This subject consists of three modules:The Health Promoting Medical Practice: What is health promotion? National health priority areas. Applying knowledge of social determinants of health to clinical management. Implementation of health promotion and disease prevention in medical practice. Information systems. GPs and divisions in health promotion. Planning and evaluating a GP health promotion activity. Meeting practice accreditation standards in the health promotion.Infectious Diseases: Examine a range of cases requiring population health approaches. Determinants. Sources of population health data. The burden of infectious diseases. Risk assessment. Outbreak responses by GPs. Epidemic potential and herd immunity.Obesity: This subject looks at methods of measuring health and analysing data in clinical practice using epidemiological and biostatistical methods. Measures of frequency and association. Statistical tests. Age standardisation. Using Excel manipulating a data set, calculating measures of central tendency. Using AIHW data. Quantitative evaluation of local programs.

Learning Outcomes

  • be familiar with the use of Excel statistical package;
  • collect and analyse relevant data at practice and broader level;
  • demonstrate progress towards the routine integration of surveillance and screening systems in the practice;
  • identify and conduct appropriate responses to outbreaks;
  • plan a health promoting medical practice and meet relevant accreditation criteria;
  • source and analyse population health data;
  • understand and implement evaluation tools within general practice;
  • understand and implement research tools and methods within the clinical context of general practice.

Subject Assessment


    Mount Isa, Study Period 1, Mixed attendance
    Census Date 23-Mar-2023
    Face to face teaching (Consult School for on-campus attendance requirements)

    Mount Isa, Study Period 2, Mixed attendance
    Census Date 24-Aug-2023
    Face to face teaching (Consult School for on-campus attendance requirements)

    Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.