This unit examines the contribution of the social sciences to understanding and improving public health. The influence of culture and society on beliefs, attitudes and behaviours around health and how these shape disease risk and health outcomes is critically appraised. Students will explore the complex relationships between gender, culture and health inequalities. The efficacy of polices and strategies to address such inequalities will be evaluated. Concepts of cultural competence and its relevance to public health practice and cross cultural communication models are examined to facilitate enhanced professional practice when working with diverse communities.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Postgraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
HMG7220

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Evaluate theoretical frameworks which explain the influence of society and culture on health and access to health care and defend their application in known and unknown scenarios;  
  2. Critically appraise efforts to address health inequalities through public health policies and programs, taking into account sociological and anthropological perspectives;  
  3. Apply concepts of cultural competence and health promotion to address health inequalities in specific populations; and  
  4. Substantiate the need and means to communicate effectively across social groups in diverse cultures.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Other Blogs on issues currently in media (1500 words) 20%
Case Study Case study on specific health inequality (2500 words) 40%
Essay Essay on cultural competence (2500 words) 40%

Required reading

Health, Illness and Wellbeing: Perspectives and Social Determinants. 1st
Liamputtong, P., Fanany, R., & Verrinder, G. (2012)
South Melbourne, Vic: Oxford University Press

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