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PC2205 - Pharmaceutical Public Health

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

This subject will introduce students to the principles and practice of public health, with a strong focus on pharmacist led interventions. The structure of the Australian health care system, factors which impact upon the health status of the population and comparisons of the health status of Australia with other nations will be covered. A key aspect of this subject will be the comparison of the health of rural, remote and metropolitan localities and how health service delivery varies in these areas. The student will gain an understanding of the nature of rural society and how these societies have changed over time. Methods for accessing and interpreting health and demographic data will also be introduced. Students will gain an understanding of policies affecting rural health as well as learning about the role of health professionals working in rural and remote areas and the issues that they face. Different primary health care models will be presented, with a strong focus on those that can be implemented by pharmacists.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the key components of the Australian health care system with a focus on the role of the pharmacist and discuss the future of health care in Australia;
  • Describe and compare the demographic characteristics and epidemiological patterns of disease of the Australian population and utilise this data to make assessments of the health status of rural and remote, Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians;
  • Identify factors influencing health and health care needs within communities including rural, remote and indigenous and subsequently describe different models of public health intervention that address these needs;
  • Apply knowledge of Australian and international standards (e.g. World Health Organisation- Sustainable Development Goals) to a series of pharmacy specific scenarios highlighting how pharmaceutical public health can improve the health of communities.

Subject Assessment

  • end of semester exam (40%)
  • quizzes and tests (40%)
  • assignments (20%).


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 27-Aug-2020
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 36 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • 12 hours workshops/Seminars
  • assessment and self-directed study

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.