Population Health major

Health is a major modern challenge because of the growing importance of international health issues, the ageing population and disparities in health across the community. As a student you will investigate social, economic, environmental, historical, political, physical and biological influences on health, how these factors interact and how good management can improve the health of communities. Your studies will focus on how health might be improved locally and globally, particularly through disease prevention and health enhancement. This major develops your understanding of the prevention of acute, chronic and general ill health and the promotion of good health through community programs/interventions and the provision of effective health services. There is an emphasis on current and emerging health issues. The Population Health major complements a wide range of disciplines such as biomedical sciences, commerce or economics, enabling you to develop expertise in relevant health applications, health administration or health economics.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) discuss major health issues locally and globally; (2) evaluate biological, cultural, social,environmental, economic, historical and political influences that determine health locally and globally; (3) recognise the historical, social, environmental, economic and political contexts that frame public health approaches; (4) appraise current and emerging issues in health; (5) integrate scientific knowledge and skills to understanding health locally and globally; (6) demonstrate knowledge of the socio-cultural context of the health of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and other indigenous peoples; (7) develop, implement and critically review quantitative and qualitative research relevant to health; (8) use evidence-based approaches to health issues; (9) critically evaluate approaches to managing health at a population level; (10) analyse population health needs and promote healthy behaviours and environments through actions with individuals, communities and society; (11) demonstrate the ability to plan and evaluate effective strategies to promote and improve health and evaluate effective ways of delivery; (12) describe and compare the organisation and delivery of Australian and other health systems; (13) critically review and evaluate policies in resource allocation and health systems; (14) discuss equity from a population health perspective; and (15) appraise cultural appropriateness of health strategies.

Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and knowledge paradigms and to shape your degree to suit your own aspirations and interests. Many of you will be able to undertake more than this minimum amount of broadening study and we encourage you to do so if this suits your aspirations. Over the next few months you will find here some broadening suggestions related to your degree-specific major. While we know that many students value guidance of this sort, these are only suggestions and students should not lose sight of the opportunity to explore that is afforded by your Broadening Choices. Advice can also be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office.

Prerequisites

Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in ATAR Mathematics Applications or equivalent or higher, will need to successfully complete MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals in their first 48 points of study in this course.

Population Health can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP006 Bachelor of Biomedical Science
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Population Health is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • four Level 2 units
  • four Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2

Students who do not have ATAR Mathematics Applications or equivalent or higher, are required to complete MATH1720 in their first year.

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 PUBH1101 Health and Illness in Human Populations
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 PUBH1102 Health and Globalisation
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Bridging units
Take units if applicable:

Students who do not have ATAR Mathematics Applications or equivalent or higher, are required to complete MATH1720 in their first year.

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Applications ATAR (with a scaled score of less than 50)
or
with permission.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Mathematics Applications ATAR (with a scaled score of 50
or
greater)
or
equivalent
or
higher.

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 AHEA2201 Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing
Prerequisites:
for the Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing major: INDG1150 Aboriginal Encounters: Strangers in our Backyard;
or
INDG1160 Boodjar Moort Katitjin: Introduction to Indigenous Heritage and Knowledge;
for the Population Health major: PUBH1101 Health and Illness in Human Populations;
or
PUBH1102 Health and Globalisation;
for pre-2012 courses: HIST1100 Aboriginal History; for the Women's Health minor: IMED1108 Issues in women's health across the lifespan.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
IMED2293 Aboriginal Health, IMED3393 Aboriginal Health
S2 PUBH2203 Foundations of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Prerequisites:
for student enrolled in Population Health Major (MJD-PPHLT) and all students other than those enrolled in the Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing major: one of the following; PUBH1101 Health and Illness in Human Populations
or
PUBH1102 Health and Globalisation
or
ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human
or
ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
or
ANTH1001 Being Human: Culture, Identity and Society
or
ANTH1002 Global Change, Local Responses
or
PUBH2209 Plagues, Pox and Pandemics
or
SCOM1101: Communicating Science
or
BIOL1130: Frontiers in Biology
or
BIOL1131: Plant and Animal Biology; for students enrolled in the Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing major MJD-ABHWB: either (INDG1150 Aboriginal Encounters: Strangers in our Backyard
or
INDG1160 Boodjar Moort Katatjin: Introduction to Indigenous Heritage and Knowledge),
and
AHEA2201 Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing;
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
IMED2003 Medical Sciences Research Methodologies (ID 5971)
S1 PUBH2204 Disease Prevention and Control
Prerequisites:
PUBH1101 Health and Illness in Human Populations;
or
PUBH1102 Health, and Globalisation;
or
ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human;
or
ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human;
or
ANTH1001 Being Human: Culture, Identity and Society;
or
ANTH1002 Global Change, Local Responses
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S1 PUBH2216 Communication and Project Planning in Health
Prerequisites:
completion of 24 points of Level 1
or
Level 2 coursework, including at least one of (any PUBH unit
or
ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human
or
ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
or
ANTH1101 Being Human: Culture, Identity and Society
or
ANTH1002 Global Change, Local Responses
or
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
or
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
or
IMED1001 Form and Function
or
IMED1002 The Facts of Life)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
HSMD2216 Health Science Professional Practice

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 PUBH3301 Health Leadership
Prerequisites:
PUBH2204 Disease Prevention and Control
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S2 PUBH3302 Health Promotion
Prerequisites:
PUBH2204 Disease Prevention and Control
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S1 PUBH3305 Health Research Design and Methods
Prerequisites:
PUBH2203 Foundations of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S1 PUBH3307 Health Systems and Policy
Prerequisites:
PUBH2204 Disease Prevention and Control
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.

Choosing your degree-specific major

General degrees

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Population Health degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP006-PPHLH

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Specialised degrees – Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science (Honours), Bachelor of Automation and Robotics, Bachelor of Environmental Design, Bachelor of Music

You must satisfy the requirements of the degree-specific major in your degree before you complete your course.

Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

This comprehensive degree does not require you to choose a degree-specific major.

Choosing a second major

You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design Only available to re-enrolling students. and Bachelor of Science courses, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

The following example illustrates how the Population Health degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP006-PPHLH-Generic

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .