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TM5502 - Tropical Public Health

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: Sch Public Health,Trop Medicine&Rehabilitation Sc

This subject introduces the general principles of international public health and the concepts of disease prevention, health policy, advocacy, disease control, health education and promotion and health program evaluation. Specific epidemiological case studies will focus on international public health problems in the tropics and how different resources could be utilised, including information technologies. The contribution of public health to improving international health is emphasised.

Learning Outcomes

  • appreciate the scope and nature of tropical public health;
  • have an understanding of the epidemiology and control of the common tropical diseases and problems relevant to Australasia, Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific region;
  • be able to apply the general principles of health promotion and education, health policy and advocacy;
  • better provide for rural sanitation and water supply;
  • be able to develop strategies of improvement of maternal and child health, immunisation and other major public health issues.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to appraise information critically;
  • The ability to use independent judgment to synthesise information to make intellectual and/or creative advances;
  • The ability to conceptualise and evaluate a range of potential solutions to relevant problems.


Study Period 2, External
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coordinator: Professor Richard Franklin, Professor Peter Leggat
Lecturers: Professor Richard Franklin, Professor Peter Leggat.
Workload expectations:
  • 60 hours lectures - External subjects are equivalent to 60 hours of lectures
Method of Delivery: andWWW - LearnJCUPrinted materials
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); mid-semester exam (25%); assignments (25%).

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.