Introduction to Public Health and Wellness

Unit code: HHB1104 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
Footscray Park


This unit will assist students to develop skills in describing the origins and concepts of public health and its relationship to contemporary public health initiatives, challenges and practices. Students will gain knowledge on health and its determinants and how these impact on public health interventions. The role of public health at each stage of the disease continuum will be used to introduce definitions and interventions that address identified health priorities.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Review the development of public health in Australia and beyond;
  2. Explain the basic principles and concepts that underpin public health and wellness;
  3. Discuss the potential role and the interface of political, cultural, social, behavioural and environmental determinants of health in the design and delivery of public health programs;
  4. Discuss health issues affecting Australia's diverse population; and
  5. Participate in an academic community through reflective and critical engagement and understanding of principles of academic integrity.

Study as a single unit

This unit can be studied on its own, without enrolling in a full degree.

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For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Two (2) Online Tests
Assessment type: Portfolio
Grade: 40%
Review on a contemporary public health issue currently in the news (600 words)
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 40%
Individual Presentation (5 minutes) on a local or national public health intervention (7 slides with notes approx. 1500 words)
Assessment type: Other
Grade: 0%
Evidence of completion of the Academic Integrity Modules (Hurdle)

Required reading

Introduction to Public Health
Fleming, M.L. and Parker, E. (2015)| Churchill Livingstone, Elsevier, Sydney

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