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PUBH2204 Disease Prevention and Control

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Population Health major sequence
  • Level 2 elective
Content
This unit focuses on the examining the burden, prevention and control of both communicable (infectious) and non-communicable diseases.

The unit will examine why cancer, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, chronic lung disease, mental health, over- and under-nutrition and emerging infectious diseases are a problem in Australian and global populations and explore the frameworks and approaches used in their prevention and control.

Teaching will focus on the role and influence of individual characteristics, behavioural and social issues, economic and political perspectives and environmental conditions in the development, and subsequent prevention and control, of these diseases. Students will be involved in exploring and evaluating the effectiveness of different multi-disciplinary prevention and control strategies for these diseases including looking at different settings (Australia and globally).

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to: Outline the key tools to measure health status and the burden of disease; summarise the leading causes of disease burden and the most important risk factors in Australia and globally; describe the concepts, the underlying causes, and the impact of the determinants of health in individuals and populations in disease prevention and control; explain the terms and concepts, the levels of prevention and other techniques used in disease prevention and control for public health intervention programs; discuss the burden, risk factors and effective prevention and control strategies for some non-communicable diseases;
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) discuss the leading causes of disease burden and the most important risk factors in Australia and globally.; (2) discuss the determinants of health in individuals and populations in disease prevention and control.; (3) discusss the concepts, used in disease prevention and control for public health intervention.; (4) discuss effective prevention and control strategies for leading non-communicable and communicable diseases.; (5) explain the emergence and re-emergence of diseases through social, political and environmental changes.; (6) develop effective skills for population health communication using appropriate evidence based information.; and (7) demonstrate team-based cooperation and collaboration to achieve team goals/outcomes.
Assessment
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
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.
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 2 hours fortnightly
Texts

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

 

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