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TM5578 - Emerging Public Health Threats

[Not offered in 2019]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

Available by Limited Mode in Study Period One, with a compulsory on-campus mini block.

This subject will allow students to develop a broad and critical conceptual and practical understanding of the unique challenges involved with the management and leadership of emerging public health threats. It will provide a platform for discussing current and emerging public health threats with a specific focus on discussing the unique clinical and logistic challenges involved with the management of a range of emerging public health threats, the social implications associated with responding to an emerging public health crisis, and an examination of the ethical issues involved with the provision of care during these events. Relevant international and national case studies will be critiqued and the current evidence-base for emerging public health threats will be explored 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

  • Understand the concepts of emerging public health threats, global public health and global public health security;
  • Discuss 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;
  • Discuss 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;
  • Understand 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; Comment on 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.

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.