PUBH2204 Disease Prevention and Control

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Population Health major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
This unit describes the management and control of both communicable (infectious) and non-communicable diseases, including the role of nutritional, cognitive and social issues in designing health interventions. Community health problems in developed and developing countries are reviewed. Examples of control are presented and reviewed in practical sessions. Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, emerging epidemics and over-nutrition are studied in some depth in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal populations. Students investigate strategies to control these diseases including clinical, psychosocial and cultural approaches.
Students are able to (1) describe the principal forms of control in public health; (2) describe the role and centrality of prevention and screening in disease control; (3) identify the techniques used in applying public health interventions; (4) improve skills in communicating about public health problems and solutions; (5) apply the multidisciplinary approach to disease control that draws on the subject matter of the biomedical, behavioural and social sciences, and the principles and methods of epidemiology and other research disciplines, so as to create an integrated view; (6) demonstrate the use of new public health knowledge to develop, implement and evaluate interventions aimed at advancing the health of the community; (7) discuss the maintenance and improvement of the use of well-established public health practices and services; and (8) practise multidisciplinary teamwork and participative learning.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) face-to-face and online workshop/tutorial activities; (2) final examination; and (3) written assignment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Assistant Professor Helena Iredell
Unit rules
PUBH1101 Health and Illness in Human Populations;
PUBH1102 Health, and Globalisation;
ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human;
ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human;
ANTH1001 Being Human: Culture, Identity and Society;
ANTH1002 Global Change, Local Responses
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 2 hours per week

Schneider, M. J. Introduction to Public Health, 4th edn: Jones and Bartlett Publication 2013


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