JCU Australia logo

Subject Search

Try new Subject Search!

We've released the new Subject Search, designed to be simpler and faster than the application below.

TM5578 - Emerging Public Health Threats

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical and 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 sociocultural, politico-economic and environmental 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-sectoral involvement required for the response to, management of, and recovery from these events.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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;
  • critically appraise the concepts and drivers of emerging public health threats;
  • explore the sociocultural, politico-economic and environmental challenges associated with the management of emerging public health emergencies;
  • analyse the flexibility and adaptability as well as the inter-sectoral involvement required for the response to, management of, and recovery from emerging public health threats.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (10%) - Individual
  • Written > Essay (including multi-draft) 1 - (40%) - Individual
  • Written > Examination (College administered) - (50%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Achieve an overall percentage of 50% or more. Complete and submit all pieces of assessment.


Study Period 2, External
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor John Grundy, Dr Maru Castellanos Reynosa
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Steph Topp, Dr Maru Castellanos Reynosa, Professor Peter Leggat.
Workload expectations:
  • 130 hours online activity - 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.