IMED1004 Health and Society

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Medical Sciences; Integrated Medical Sciences and Clinical Practice major sequences
  • Level 1 complementary unit in the Vision Science major sequence
In this unit students gain an understanding of health, disease and wellbeing including immunity, disease outbreaks, communicable disease control, drug and alcohol use, mental health and the impact of historical and sociocultural factors on Aboriginal peoples' heath and health care.
Students are able to (1) describe the underlying causes of major societal chronic diseases, and some interventions used to prevent them; (2) explain the impact of historical and sociocultural factors on Aboriginal peoples' health and health care;
; (3) explain the basics of immune function and lactation;
; (4) describe the impact of major infectious diseases in Australia and globally, including strategies to prevent and control outbreaks;
; (5) describe some of the main approaches in effective health communication;
; (6) discuss the impact of nutritional excess and deficiencies on health;
; (7) describe the need for proper nutrition and the role of vitamins and minerals in metabolism;
; (8) explain issues surrounding drug use, alcohol use, sleep, mental health and brain function pertaining to health and wellbeing;
; and (9) describe cell cycle control and some environmental causes of genome damage and relationship to cancer..
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) final exam; (2) in-semester tests; and (3) practical workshop assessments. 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 and IMED1002 The Facts of Life
IMED1003 Cell Survival and Communication
Approved quota: 250—a place in the unit is determined on enrolment in a specific major and remaining places on a first-come, first-served basis. Initally places are given to students enrolled in IMSCP, VISSP and MEDSC majors. Any remaining places are given to other 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
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  • 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.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.