PUBH2211 Population Health Field Trip

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth) and IndiaFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • 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 2 elective
This unit is designed to further develop public health knowledge and practice by addressing health issues in a developing country. The location may change from year to year and may be in rural Australia. The unit is tailored for the country that students visit and may involve working with a local non-government organisation (NGO), on a health issue identified as a priority for that NGO; or undertaking a series of site visits. The students interact with the local community members, local health professionals and community groups. The academic objectives are to (1) develop an appreciation and understanding of public health issues in a less developed country or region; (2) develop an understanding of cultural, economic, environmental and social determinants of health; (3) synthesise these factors into an understanding of the health in a less developed region of the world; (4) develop effective communication skills in a different cultural setting; and (5) build an understanding of an important developing country or region.
Students are able to (1) develop an ethical sense of social responsibility and citizenship; (2) promote equity and social justice in the community; (3) employ skills of field observation, recording, questioning and analysis; (4) identify the main health issues in the region of the field work; (5) analyse the factors that influence the health of the community; (6) discuss the differences in health and health care that exist across patient groups and communities; (7) formulate health promotion strategies applicable to the local health issues; (8) develop effective communication skills in a different cultural setting; (9) recognise their own limitations and how and when to access support; and (10) employ skills of personal reflection.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a 1500-word background assignment to be completed during the semester prior to the field work; (2) a 4000-word group report and presentation; and (3) participation in tutorials and field work, including a journal documenting observations/findings and reflections on fieldwork. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the a 1500-word background assignment to be completed during the semester prior to the field work component.

Supplementary assessment is available in this unit for those students who obtain a mark of at least 45 overall provided they have also obtained a mark of at least 45 in the specified components of the unit and the unit is the last remaining unit in an undergraduate course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Jane Heyworth and Dr Julie Saunders
Unit rules
24 points of prior course study
Advisable prior study:
PUBH1101 Health and Illness in Human Populations
PUBH1102 Health and Globalisation
PUBH2204 Disease Prevention and Control
IMED3303 Interprofessional Health Practice
Approved quota: 20—(1) students who are enrolled in the Population Health major and who have completed 24 points, including PUBH1101 or PUBH1102; selection is based upon academic merit (WAM) plus a personal statement on how the unit's learning outcomes meet their personal and professional goals; (2) non-Population Health major students who have completed 24 points of their degree; selection is based upon academic merit (WAM) plus a personal statement on how the unit's learning outcomes meet their personal and professional goals.
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):
Airfares, accommodation, internal travel, host fee and daily living while in the fieldwork location. (estimated cost - Approx. $3,600).
Contact hours
seminars: up to 5 in the semester prior to or during field work; field work: 2 weeks in India, Nepal or another developing country, or remote and rural Australia
Police Clearance or Working with Children check may be required.

Given the international nature of the field trip, students need to be aware that the unit may be cancelled if travel warnings are issued for India prior to departure, or during the visit. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) regularly reviews and reissues their travel advice to reflect the level of danger they perceive to be present in each country. Their travel advice for India can be viewed at The trip to India will not proceed if DFAT issues a Level 4 travel warning (i.e. 'Reconsider your need to travel'). In the event of an emergency during the field trip, and where DFAT re-classifies the travel advice for India to a Level 4, students will be instructed to return to Australia as soon as possible. For further details, refer to the UWA Emergency Travel Management Plan.

Please note that a condition of enrolment in this unit is the student's adherence to the unit requirements prior to departure. The following criteria must be met to remain enrolled in the unit: (1) assignment 1 must be submitted and completed to a satisfactory standard; (2) application for an Indian visa must be submitted by the specified due date; (3) travel is organised through a University preferred provider and the costs associated with the trip must be paid in full by the specified due date; (4) emergency contacts/pre-existing health conditions and medication use must be submitted to the School of Population Health by the specified due date; and (5) the student is to read and commit to follow the UWA policy on code of conduct for field work and health and safety advice as outlined in the unit guidebook.
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