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Unit Overview


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;

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Public Health major sequence
  • Level 2 elective

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.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Assistant Professor Helena Iredell
Unit rules
PUBH1101 Health and Illness in Human Populations
or PUBH1102 Health and Globalisation
or ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human
or ANHX1101 Human Biology 1 (Becoming Human)
or ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
or ANHX1102 Human Biology 2 (Being Human)
or ANTH1001 Being Human: Culture, Identity and Society
or ANTH1002 Global Change, Local Responses
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


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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.