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TM5554 - Theory and Practice of Public Health

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

The development of the discipline of public health and its critical requirements is discussed. The provision of public health services in Australia and other selected countries and public health ethics and policy are covered. Methodologies used by a variety of fields that contribute to the discipline are examined including economics, epidemiology, health promotion, information systems, management science, medical science and sociology. Current interventions against the major infectious and chronic diseases causing public health problems are illustrated. The needs of special populations will be used to synthesise the subjects coverage.

Learning Outcomes

  • to appreciate the variety of influences on public health;
  • to appreciate the wide array of methodologies basic to public health;
  • to demonstrate an ability to apply the tools of public health to current health problems with a particular focus on populations with special needs;
  • to understand how countries coordinate policies and strategies given legal and ethical frameworks;
  • to understand the philosophy, history and underlying forces that formed the discipline.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to use online technologies effectively and ethically;
  • 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 make constructive contributions to project teams or collegial activities.


Townsville, Study Period 4, Block
Census Date 15-Mar-2012
Face to face teaching 27-Feb-2012 to 09-Mar-2012
Coord/Lect: <Person not found>.
Assessment: presentations (40%); assignments (60%).

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