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TM4401 - Health, Policy and Planning

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

Available to all students enrolled in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy and other health science courses. Students must complete all 3rd year level subjects before enrolling in this subject unless they have prior approval from their academic advisor.

This subject aims to enhance students' understanding of contemporary public policy within the context of health and health care. Students will examine the processes underpinning health policy and planning and will apply the principles learnt to address health issues of relevance to their professional discipline. The key stakeholders and decision-makers linked to health policy and planning processes will be identified and the factors influencing health policy formation and reform will be explored. The impact of health policy across various health care settings relevant to students' future professional practice will also be evaluated.

Learning Outcomes

  • Critically analyse the factors that influence public policy in the context of health and health care;
  • Examine the principles and processes underpinning health policy and planning;
  • Appraise the role of key stakeholders in health policy formation and reform;
  • Evaluate the impact of health policy and planning across various health care settings;
  • Evaluate contemporary health policy relevant to allied health professional practice.

Subject Assessment

  • Invigilated > End of semester exam - (40%)
  • Individual assignment - (40%)
  • Individual workbook submission - (20%).
Prerequisites: OT3004 AND OT3005 OR PS4001 OR PS4101


Townsville, Study Period 8, Mixed attendance
Census Date 13-Aug-2020
Face to face teaching 03-Aug-2020 to 14-Aug-2020
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Sue Devine, Professor Richard Franklin, Mr Jack Seaton.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 29 hours lectures
  • 18 hours tutorials
  • 7 hours practicals
  • 2 hours - other
  • 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.