Foundations in Public Health

Learning objectives 
Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to: 
A. Appraise public health scholarship/thinking and its major components 
B. Contrast the different and comparable elements of biomedical and public health perspectives/approaches to health issues 
C. Analyse and relate the historical and disciplinary roots of contemporary public health 
D. Describe the role and contribution of different health fields to public health scholarship 
E. Recognise a range of key international public health issues 
F. Appraise the relevance and insights of public health to a number of important substantive topics currently challenging health systems, health care and health outcomes

Content

Topic 1: The history and core components of public health scholarship

The definitions and origins of public health

Outlining the biomedical and public health models/approaches to health

Introduction to research methods and designs used in public health

Topic 2: Key Areas of Public Health

Burden of Disease

Social Determinants of Health

Health inequalities

Ethics and Public Health

Health Care Systems

Topic 3: Substantive topics in Contemporary Public Health

Ageing

Communicable Diseases

Non-Communicable Diseases and Injury

Implementation and Translation Research in Public Health

Assessment task 1: Power point presentation (and speaker notes) on a public health approach

Intent: Through this assignment students will identify and explore the role of public health scholarship in helping understand and address contemporary health challenges. The brevity of discussion required for the PowerPoint slides will develop refinement of the main issues related to a Public Health topic.

Objective(s): This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s): A, C, D and F

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s): 1.0 and 4.0

Task: Students will design and produce a power point presentation of 8-10 slides and write related speaker notes focusing upon a relevant health challenge, outlining possible public health research questions that can be raised to address the challenge. The speaker notes will

discuss and reflect upon the public health issue as presented in the slides and will include reference to evidence from the literature.

*Assessment task 2: Writing for interactive social media platforms

Intent: This assignment will develop understanding the impact and scholarship of social media knowledge in the area of Public Health. The interactive and rapid response function of digital platforms will introduce students to a range of lay views and views/reviews from content experts in the area of Public Health.

Objective(s): This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s): A, D, E and F This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s): 1.0 and 4.0

Task: Students will design and produce a series of ‘dummy' features/stories/postings on a number of Public Health social media platforms (i.e. Facebook, twitter, blogs, etc) with the intent to promote positive public health messages around a given contemporary public health issue. Students will produce a number of ‘entries' which reflect upon the design, content and possible audience reaction to their platform material.

Assessment task 3: Critical analysis of media item

Intent: This assignment will help students identify and develop their understanding and critical appraisal of public health thinking and its applicability to contemporary health and health care topics.

Objective(s): This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s): A, C, D and F

Task: Students will be provided with a number of media features for contemporary public health topics.

Students will be required to reflect upon how the contemporary health issue is reported by the different media outlets. Additionally students are to consider and critically appraise public health perspectives and understandings for these issues, with comparison to a biomedical approach to the problem. Students will produce a report outlining their critical appraisal supported by and contextualised by relevant peer-reviewed literature.

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