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TM5502 - Tropical Public Health

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical and Vet Sciences

This subject provides an introduction and overview of the discipline of public health,including the core principles of prevention, promotion and protection that underpin it. Students will gain knowledge and skills to assess public health interventions across a range of issues - including policy and service - relevant to both communicable and noncommunicable disease and injury burden in a range of locations. Course content will draw on both domestic and international examples but will retain a special focus on issues most relevant to the tropics

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate an understanding of the scope, nature and applicability of public health in the tropics;
  • critically analyse the underlying determinants of health in the tropics;
  • synthesise, critique and evaluate health information to develop public health approaches to improve health of populations;
  • apply public health principles in developing appropriate policies and strategies to improve the health of tropical populations.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination - In class - (20%) - Individual
  • Written > Essay (including multi-draft) 1 - (35%) - Individual
  • Written > Examination (College administered) - (45%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Achieve an overall percentage of 50% or more and submit each assessment task


Study Period 1, External
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coordinator: Professor Richard Franklin, Assoc. Professor Steph Topp, Assoc. Professor John Grundy
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Sue Devine, Ms Sonia Girle, Ms Sandra Downing, Dr Kris McBain-Rigg, Mr Dave Sellars, Professor Richard Franklin, Mr Christopher Rouen, Assoc. Professor Steph Topp, Professor Peter Leggat, Assoc. Professor Paul Horwood.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 60 hours online activity
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU

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.