units

MPH5258

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelPostgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
OfferedAlfred Hospital Term 2 2015 (On-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Ms Lisa Renkin

Synopsis

The unit is designed to enhance participants' understanding of HIV, the impact of HIV epidemics throughout the developing world, and the evidence underpinning appropriate programmatic responses to HIV. The unit presents analysis of the risk and vulnerability of individuals and communities to HIV infection, explores the latest evidence and policy developments relevant to prevention, care/support and treatment approaches, and aims to expand participants' skills in developing appropriate evidence-based responses to HIV. Recent shifts in global policy are presented along with a number of case studies drawn from 'real-world' programs to facilitate students' learning

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. enhance their knowledge and understanding about HIV virology, epidemiology and the global evidence base;
  2. enhance their understanding of the impact HIV has upon individuals and communities;
  3. understand the relationship between HIV and development, including global influences on policy and implementation of programs, and the link with health systems strengthening;
  4. identify essential elements of effective strategies for preventing HIV transmission and providing treatment, care and support for people infected and affected by HIV, including the integral role of people living with HIV in these strategies.

Assessment

Short-answer examination (40%)
Essay (4,000 words) (60%)

Workload requirements

7 day intensive block.

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Chief examiner(s)

Prerequisites

Basic computer proficiency.

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