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TM5571 - Public Health Placement

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

available to all postgraduate Public Health students

This subject will provide students with an opportunity to further integrate their learning gained from previous theoretical subjects. The focus of this subject will be on the student developing a higher level of professional skills and competencies, and further advancing their reasoning skills and reflective practices through the integration of practical and course components. As part of this subject, students will complete a minimum of 152 hours (4 weeks at 38 hrs) of advanced supervised fieldwork placements with flexible support from the university. The placement will enable the student to apply, develop, analyse and integrate the theories, principles and practice of public health in a variety of settings. The placement may not be undertaken as part of the student's routine paid employment activities.

Learning Outcomes

  • identify, describe and analyse the public health issues in their chosen setting using appropriate public health theory;
  • prioritise the public health issues in their chosen setting;
  • describe how to use the available resources to obtain the best public health outcomes in their chosen setting;
  • be able to discuss the impact of local and national policies and politics on the incidence and management of identified public health issues in their chosen setting;
  • demonstrate that they are aware of the ethical and cultural aspects of provision of health care in their chosen setting.

Subject Assessment

  • Portfolio - (60%) - Individual
  • Written > Action plan - (10%) - Individual
  • Written > Learning plan - (30%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Provide a letter of support from the placement organisation prior to commencement; Develop a learning contract and have it signed by placement supervisor, subject coordinator and you; Undertake a risk assessment; Provide a placement portfolio; Meet hurdle requirement: provide a letter from sponsor verifying attendance and activities; Receive a grade of 'satisfactory' on all assessment items;

Prerequisites: TM5515 AND TM5516 AND TM5502 AND (TM5513 OR TM5563) AND (TM5525 OR TM5514)


Townsville, Study Period 1, Placement/fieldwork
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coordinator: Professor Richard Franklin, Dr Mary O'Loughlin
Lecturers: Professor Richard Franklin, Dr Mary O'Loughlin.
Workload expectations:
  • 4 weeks professional Experience

Townsville, Study Period 2, Placement/fieldwork
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Sue Devine, Professor Richard Franklin, Dr Mary O'Loughlin.
Workload expectations:
  • 4 weeks professional Experience

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.