Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Nursing and Midwifery
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Meredith McIntyre


This unit aims to explore the connection between the science of population health, the sociology pertaining to the life lived and health outcomes of individuals and populations. In particular, the implications these factors have for health care practice will be examined. current research evidence incorporating epidemiology of health and the social determinants of health, supported by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMC) National Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse and for the Midwife and the School of Nursing and Midwifery graduate


On completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. Discuss the impact of population health demographics, including on Indigenous Australians, refugee and other vulnerable groups;
  2. Interpret the incidence, prevalence and clinical relevance of population health information presented in health research publications;
  3. Describe the social determinants of health and discuss their impact on the health of diverse population groups and their utilisation of clinical services;
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of cultural sensitivity, cultural safety and cultural competence as explained in the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) guidelines; and
  5. Apply the principles of 'person-centeredness', leadership and cultural competence to achieve optimal health outcomes across a range of population groups and diverse clinical settings


Group Presentation (20 minutes) and Written Synopsis (2,000 words) (30%)
Online Quiz (20 minutes) (10%)
Written Examination (2 hours) (60%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Lectures two (2) hours per week, Tutorials one

  1. hour per week, Guided work two
  2. hours per week


Must be enrolled in course code 0727 or 3892 or 4514