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HSC5041

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelPostgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedNot offered in 2012
Coordinator(s)Prof Helen Keleher

Synopsis

This unit is designed around the challenges to contemporary health promotion theory
and practice presented from a rights and health equity perspectives including gender,
and the increasing interest in 'joined-up policy' and 'health-in-all-policies'. Students
will examine the influence of social policies on health, and the social underpinnings
of health inequalities. Through a focus on chronic disease, mental health,
marginalized communities and communicable diseases, students will be enabled to
identify the evidence base and evidence-informed strategies that are effective in
addressing these issues. This unit will provide opportunities for students to develop
knowledge and skills in policy analysis relevant to selected population health issues.

Outcomes

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

  1. Critique the evidence base for rights and health equity approaches in relation
to selected issues;
  1. Discuss selected social health issues that affect populations from the
perspectives of health equity and the determinants of health;
  1. Understand the synergy between multilevel, integrated and inter-sectoral
strategies in relation to selected issues;
  1. Critically examine joined-up policy and health-in-all-policy approaches, for
their potential to meet the challenges posed by significant health issues;
  1. Demonstrate strategic thinking to advance analysis of health priorities and effective approaches to significant health issues.

Assessment

Essay (2,500 words)(40%)
Policy analysis essay (1,000 words)(20%)
Critical appraisal (3,500 words)(40%)

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Helen Keleher

Off-campus attendance requirements

Off-campus learning with compulsory study days.

Prerequisites

HSC5002 Foundations of health promotion and program planning