Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


This unit is designed to assist in acquiring knowledge and developing competencies in the prevention, monitoring and control of communicable and chronic diseases affecting humans. It provides a multidisciplinary grounding in public health practice that draws on biomedical, behavioural and social sciences as well as principles in epidemiology and other research disciplines, to offer an integrated perspective.

6 points
Not available in 2023UWA (Perth)Face to face
Not available in 2023OnlineOnline timetabled

Students are able to (1) describe the principal forms of disease prevention in public health in relation to environmental, sociocultural, organisational and population vectors; (2) identify context-specific and culturally appropriate approaches for public health interventions to prevent common diseases; (3) demonstrate a multidisciplinary approach to disease prevention including biomedical, behavioural and social sciences; and (4) demonstrate written research and analytical skills in relation to disease prevention challenges and solutions.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) minor assignment; (2) major assignment; and (3) end-of-semester exam. Further information is available in the unit outline.

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

Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
tutorials: 1 hour per week

Readings are provided on the LMS (Learning Management System) for each theme's topics.

  • 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.
  • 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.