TM5506 - Social Science in Public Health
|Student Contribution Band:
||College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences
The subject seeks to provide students with a conceptual and theoretical foundation
for studying the ways in which social and cultural factors influence the incidence
and understanding of, and societies' responses to, health and illness. Topics covered
include: social analysis, an introductory conceptual toolkit; health and illness as
culturally-shaped constructs; the social environment, social capital and health; medical
encounters as socially-structured events; health systems, health services and health,
and macro-social determinants of health and disease. Approaches to integrating social
and biomedical explanations for health and illness will be examined. In addition,
the subject will provide an introduction to the use of social science research methods
in public health research, and to health program evaluation and policy analysis. Throughout
the course, key theoretical and empirical issues will be explored with reference to
selected public health issues.
- critically reflect on the social organisation of contemporary public health practice
through the application of social science concepts and theory;
- evaluate and synthesise sociological theoretical propositions and methodologies relating
to public health practice from the individual to system levels;
- design evaluation research projects related to the social aspects of public health
- communicate complex ideas and recommendations through high level written communication
skills to specialist audiences.
- Non-Invigilated > Assignments.
Study Period 2
|Census Date 27-Aug-2020
||Assoc. Professor Sue Devine, Ms Julie Parison.
- 130 hours - Self directed online learning and assessment
|Method of Delivery:
||WWW - LearnJCU
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