IMED1004 Health and Society

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 complementary unit in the Medical Sciences; Integrated Medical Sciences and Clinical Practice major sequences
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Science students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 1 additional unit in the Medical Sciences second major sequence
In this unit, students gain an understanding of health, disease and well-being in individuals and populations.This includes; culture, diversity, migrant/refugee health, disease outbreaks, communicable disease control, mental health and
the impact of historical and sociocultural factors on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' health and health care.
Students are able to (1) describe the concepts and underlying causes of health, disease and illness in individuals and populations.; (2) describe the burden and population patterns of major diseases and risk factors in Australia and globally.; (3) describe the determinants of health and how they relate to and impact the health of individuals and populations.; (4) describe the influence and impact of culture and diversity on health, illness and health care in individuals and communities including vulnerable populations.; (5) explain the impact of historical and sociocultural factors on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' health and health care.; (6) describe the burden and population patterns of major infectious diseases in Australia and globally and the strategies to prevent and control them.; (7) describe the disease prevention/health promotion intervention approaches and programs in Australia and the roles of various health professionals.; (8) identify the role of key organisations in global health and their response and successful measures to address key burdens of disease.; (9) describe the main approaches in effective health communication.; (10) discuss the impact of nutritional excess and deficiencies on population health.; (11) define cell cycle control and causes of genome damage including effects of the environment.; and (12) describe the need for proper nutrition and role of vitamins and minerals in metabolism..
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) examinations; (2) global health assignment; and (3) practical / workshop assessment. 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)
Professor Elizabeth Quail and Dr Amber Boyatzis
Unit rules
IMED1001 Form and Function
IMED1002 The Facts of Life
IMED1003 Cell Survival and Communication
Approved quota: 400—a place in the unit is determined on a first-come, first-served basis. Selection is based on time of enrolment with first places given to students enrolled in this major as a degree-specific and second to students enrolled as a second major. Any remaining places are given to those students according to when they enrol until all places are filled.
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week; seminars/practical workshops: 18 hours per semester
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.