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4502

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2015 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, 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.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2015 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

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Course code4502
Managing facultyMedicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Abbreviated titleBPH
Total credit points required144
Standard duration of study (years)3 years FT

Full-time study only. This course must be completed in a minimum of 3 years and a maximum of 8 years. The course duration is inclusive of any periods of intermission.

Study mode and locationOn-campus (South Africa)

Some units in this course require students to undertake off-campus site visits and/or placements. These may occur in a range of settings and can include travel to metropolitan and rural areas. Students are required to be flexible, as hours of attendance/work may vary.

Admission, fee and application details http://www.monash.edu/study/coursefinder/course/4502
Contact details

School of Health Sciences, Monash South AfricaSchool of Health Sciences, Monash South Africa (http://www.monash.ac.za/about/schools/health-sciences/)

Course coordinator

Professor Peter Nyasulu

Notes

  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Description

This course is a multidisciplinary, flexible degree that provides students with the opportunity to learn key principles in public health, leading to a wide range of careers. It also provides a pathway to graduate entry and postgraduate clinical programs (for example medicine, social work, nursing and allied health) as well as honours and higher degrees by research.

Outcomes

These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/alignmentofoutcomes.html).

The Bachelor of Public Health strives to graduate entry-level practitioners in the fields of public health programs, policy and/or research who can:

  • identify and explain the determinates if illness, health and wellbeing
  • develop, implement and evaluate public health programs
  • recognise social and cultural diversity and the skills and apply the skills and resources required for working across diverse populations in global and African contexts
  • demonstrate awareness of equity, human rights and social justice in relation to health in Africa and international contexts
  • access, critically appraise and apply the best available evidence to the professional practice of public health
  • conduct ethical research using appropriate paradigms
  • integrate knowledge of relevant public policy and health and social care systems into practice
  • demonstrate professional skills such as, critical thinking, problem-solving, effective communication, working in a team, operating from an ethical framework, reflective practice and ongoing professional development.

Credit for prior studies

Credit may be granted for formal learning, such as a course offered by a professional body, enterprise, private educational institution, or by any other accredited provider recognised by Monash South Africa.

The maximum amount of credit that can be granted is 72 credit points.

Special requirements

Students must refer to the information available on the special requirements outlined below. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure they have the correct documentation.

Immunisation and infection requirements

In accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council recommendations, this course requires that students comply with the faculty's Immunisation and vaccination policy and proceduresImmunisation and vaccination policy and procedures (http://www.med.monash.edu.au/current/immunisation/). These are designed to provide maximum protection against the increased risk of some vaccine preventable diseases for students, patients and workers in a health care setting.

This policy, and the associated procedures require that students have certain specified vaccinations, and have their blood borne virus status determined, before they commence a clinical placement. Students who have not complied with this policy may not be able to undertake clinical placement, with the attendant academic consequences.

Prospective students are provided detailed information on the effect of blood borne virus infection on the scope of practice of health care workers. Students who test positive to a blood borne virus (including HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C) will be required to consult a specialist medical practitioner approved by the faculty to provide advice on any necessary restrictions on work practices to protect patients and others from infection.

Fieldwork

This course requires students in some units to undertake off-campus site visits and clinical placements.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Public Health is accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC). Graduates of this course are eligible to join the Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA).

Structure

This course consists of:

(a.) public health core units (114 points)

(b.) electives at first, second and third-year level (30 points)

Electives

Elective units can be chosen from the school at Monash South Africa. Electives must be taken at first, second and third year levels as appropriate to the course year. Suitable units can be identified using the index of units by faculty (school)index of units by faculty (school) (http://www.monash.ac.za/study/handbooks/units/index-byfaculty-med.html) in the current edition of the Handbook. Note: Some units may require permission from the owning school. The level of the unit is indicated by the first number in the unit code; undergraduate units are those that commence with the numbers 1-3.

Requirements

Students commencing in semester one

First year

Semester one
  • PHH1061 Data, evidence and critical thinking in health
  • PHH1081 Foundations of public health
  • PHH1101 Biological bases of health and disease 1
  • 6-point first-year elective
Semester two
  • PHH1052 Health care systems: Global and local
  • PHH1102 Biological bases of health and disease 2
  • PHH1112 Global health: Opportunities and challenges
  • 6-point first-year elective

Second year

Semester one
  • PHH2101 Health promotion: Global and local
  • PHH2141 Analysing patterns of health and disease
  • PHH2111 Treatment and technologies
  • 6-point second-year elective
Semester two
  • PHH2022 Culture, society and health
  • PHH2142 Research methods in the health sciences
  • PHH2051 Health program planning
  • 6-point second-year elective

Third Year

Semester one
  • PHH3011 Contemporary health challenges
  • PHH3041 Disease prevention and control
  • PHH3061 Health program evaluation
  • 6-point third-year elective
Semester two
  • PHH3001 Health, law and ethics
  • PHH3002 Health for all in a global world
  • PHH3072 Health policy and politics
  • PHH3082 Health promotion practicum

Students commencing in semester two or October

First year

Semester two or October teaching period
  • PHH1052 Health care systems: Global and local
  • PHH1102 Biological bases of health and disease 2
  • PHH1112 Global health: Opportunities and challenges
  • 6-point first-year elective
Semester one
  • PHH1061 Data, evidence and critical thinking in health
  • PHH1081 Foundations of public health
  • PHH1101 Biological bases of health and disease 1
  • 6-point first-year elective

Second year

Semester two
  • PHH2022 Culture, society and health
  • PHH2142 Research methods in the health sciences
  • PHH2051 Health program planning
  • 6-point second-year elective
Semester one
  • PHH2101 Health promotion: Global and local
  • PHH2141 Analysing patterns of health and disease
  • PHH2111 Treatment and technologies
  • PHH3061 Health program evaluation

Third Year

Semester two
  • PHH3001 Health, law and ethics
  • PHH3002 Health for all in a global world
  • PHH3072 Health policy and politics
  • PHH3082 Health promotion practicum
Semester one
  • PHH3011 Contemporary health challenges
  • PHH3041 Disease prevention and control
  • 6-point second-year elective
  • 6-point third-year elective

Areas of study

Award(s)

Bachelor of Public Health