PUBH3308 Population Health Practicum

12 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 elective
This unit offers students the opportunity to work with prospective employers, apply theoretical knowledge to the 'real world' and gain valuable experience in the health workplace. Students participate in a number of workplace activities and projects to gain experience relevant to a range of health issues specific to the health-related host agency. Through the practicum, students are able to further develop their observational skills, relevant practical skills, lateral thinking and problem solving skills, literacy and communication skills, as well as professional responsibility and ethical conduct. The agency practicum provides an opportunity for students to undertake projects for which they may not have had the resources. It may also provide an opportunity to raise awareness of particular health issues in the community.
Students are able to (1) apply population health knowledge and skills to real-world health settings; (2) develop an ethical sense of social responsibility and citizenship; (3) promote equity and social justice in the community; (4) use evidence in a workplace setting; (5) demonstrate communication skills, including verbal and written, presentation and interviewing skills; (6) develop and maintain appropriate resources for the workplace; (7) apply project management skills; (8) demonstrate professional behaviour in a work setting; (9) work cooperatively as a member of a team, accepting and providing leadership; (10) recognise one's own limitations and seek assistance as required; (11) use time management strategies; and (12) use reflective practice.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) learning ePortfolio (which includes the Learning Plan); (2) agency appraisal of student performance; (3) reflections on workshop/practicum experience; and (4) written report and seminar presentation on report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Karen Martin and Ms Sheona Kaschula
Unit rules
PUBH2216 Communication and Project Planning in Health; PUBH3307 Health Systems and Policy; and PUBH3305 Health Research Design and Methods
Approved quota: 50—students must be enrolled in the Population Health major and allocation is based upon academic achievement (WAM) in PUBH1101 Health and Illness in Human Populations, PUBH1102 Health and Globalisation, PUBH2203 Foundations of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, PUBH2204 Disease Prevention and Control and PUBH2216 Communication and Project Planning in Health; 2 Indigenous students; 3 low socioeconomic status students.
Contact hours
full-time placement: 140 hours (35 hours per week for 4 weeks); agency attendance semester 1: 30 hours; SPH workshops: 15 hours; e-portfolio: 115 hours
Unit Outline
This unit is recognised by the University as a service learning unit. Service learning refers specifically to community engagement activities that are embedded in units of study, being structured and assessed as formal educational experiences.

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