This unit is designed to introduce students to the main theories, principles and values of public health illustrated by selected major topics from a global perspective. It investigates policy, systematic and multi-discipline public health approaches as a global and local effort to address contemporary health challenges. The origins and evolution of public health and major global achievements in public health and their impact on health of populations are explored. The role and interface of political, cultural, social, behavioural and environmental determinants of health of populations informs critique and discussion throughout the unit.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically appraise local, national and global health disparities, identify their determinants and propose strategies to address them based on a contemporary evidence-base;  
  2. Deconstruct the philosophy underpinning public health action and how it has evolved;  
  3. Conceptually map and interrogate theories and frameworks used in developing and evaluating health policies in the global arena;  
  4. Prescribe and apply multi-discipline public health approaches to review evidence and produce policy recommendations; and  
  5. Debate global threats to, and opportunities for, public health and well-being in various authentic and simulated contexts.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Other Contribution to a discussion board on concepts in public health (500 words) 10%
Report Critical analysis on social determinants of health (2500 words) 50%
Assignment Policy Brief on a cause of action (2000 words) 40%

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