PUBH5758 Public Health Practicum

24 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This practicum consists of a placement scheme whereby students are hosted by a health-related agency for a full semester. Industry-based placements are arranged by matching the specific interests and desired learning outcomes of the student with the practice-based opportunities available at the respective public health organisation. Students are allocated an agency-based supervisor and a University-based supervisor. Students are expected to attend their industry placement for a minimum of 24 hours per week, plus attend the tutorials at the University. The tutorials are a combination of formal discussion of issues related to public health practice and an opportunity for students to 'debrief' and discuss their practical experiences.
Students are able to (1) apply specific knowledge of biomedical/social science to given health settings; (2) design and implement appropriate intervention strategies; (3) use evidence in a workplace setting; (4) apply specific knowledge of population health principles to the management of health with a given population; (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 own limitations and seek assistance as required; (11) use time management strategies; and (12) use reflective practices.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) learning portfolio; (2) workplace assessment; and (3) written report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Colleen Fisher and Dr Dani Barrington
Unit rules
PUBH5749 Foundations of Public Health; PUBH4403 Epidemiology 1; PUBH5752 Health Systems and Economics; PUBH4401 Biostatistics 1;
PUBH5754 Health Promotion I. To be eligible for the Practicum, students must also have received a mark of at least 70 for PUBH5749 Foundations of Public Health
PUBH5754 Health Promotion I.
Students enrolled the Master of Health Science must have PUBH5749 Foundations of Public Health and three from PUBH4403 Epidemiology 1; PUBH5752 Health Systems and Economics; PUBH4401 Biostatistics 1;
PUBH5754 Health Promotion I and have received a mark of at least 70 for PUBH5749
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
(1) National Police Clearance check (estimated cost - $61.00)
(2) Optional rural placement travel costs (estimated cost - Variable)
(3) Working With Children Check (estimated cost - $11.00).
Contact hours
35 hours per week
It is the student's responsibility to gain a National Police Clearance Certificate, at their own cost, before the placement commences.
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