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BME3032 - Introduction to the health system

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader(s): Dr Catherine Joyce (Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine)


Clayton Second semester 2009 (Day)


This unit examines the broader context in which disease and illness occur, how health systems are organised, and how health services delivered, with a focus on the Australian health care system. It explores three areas:

  1. health policy and service delivery systems;
  2. illness and health in the context of social, cultural and behavioural systems, and
  3. the health professional in the organisational system. Areas covered include: health policy, health funding, models of health, public health, population health, health and human rights, the role of the health professional, quality, management, and program evaluation.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will:
1) understand key principles in the organisation and funding of health systems; 2) be able to apply an understanding of health and health services in the context of the Australian health care system; 3) recognise the key elements that determine health policy; 4) recognise key determinants and models of health; 5) understand the complexities of improving population health and how this is evaluated; 6) understand the important role that health promotion plays in determining the health of a nation; 7) recognise the basis of human rights in health care; 8) demonstrate an understanding of key concepts in management of health services; and 9) develop important professional skills, including oral and written communication skills, critical analysis skills, and interpersonal skills.


Group class presentation (20 minutes): 25%
Tutorial participation: 15%
Essay: 30%
Multiple choice exam: 30%

Contact hours

6 hours of contact time (2 hour lecture, 2 hours interactive classes and 2 hours tutorial preparation time)



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