PUBH2204 Disease Prevention and Control
- 6 points
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.
Availability Location Mode Semester 1 UWA (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 2 core unit in the Population Health major sequence
- Level 2 elective
- 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;
- 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.
- 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
- Contact hours
- lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 2 hours fortnightly
Schneider, M. J. Introduction to Public Health, 4th edn: Jones and Bartlett Publication 2013
- 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.
- 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.