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TM5578 - Emerging Public Health Threats

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

This subject will allow students to develop a broad and critical conceptual understanding of the unique challenges posed by emerging public health threats. The subject will discuss current and emerging public health threats, the clinical, political and logistical challenges they present, and explore the ethical issues and social implications of different approaches to their management. Relevant international and national case studies will be used to promote an understanding of the infrastructure and inter-agency involvement required for the response to, management of, and recovery from these events.

Learning Outcomes

  • critically appraise the concepts of emerging public health threats, global public health and global public health security;
  • describe the types of public health threats that have emerged in the last decade and the potential impact these may have on both individual health and public health systems and infrastructure;
  • synthesise and critique the unique challenges associated with the management of emerging public health emergencies;
  • discuss the infrastructure and inter-agency involvement required for the response to, management of, and recovery from emerging public health threats;
  • analyse the social implications of being involved with the response to an emerging public health event, including perception of risk and willingness to work during these events; Identify the ethical issues involved with the provision of care during an emerging public health threat, including the issue of minimum standards of care for emerging events.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Essay (including multi-draft) 1 - (50%) - Individual.


External, Study Period 2
Census Date 26-Aug-2021
Coordinator: Professor Peter Leggat
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Sue Devine, Assoc. Professor Steph Topp, Professor Peter Leggat.
Workload expectations:
  • 130 hours - Self directed online learning and assessment
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.