University of Technology Sydney

96702 Foundations in Public Health

6cp; 6hpw plus assessments; distance, online only
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.



This subject is designed to provide an overview of conceptual underpinnings of public health, introduce key approaches, and apply these to a range of contemporary issues that impact on health. It first critically examines some of the different conceptions of health including personal, lay, non-Western, and organisational definitions. In the second module, several different models of public health are considered and how population-level approaches differ from those of the individual focus of the medical sector are discussed. Included is a brief examination of several public health processes and models – research, advocacy, implementation, prevention and promotion – that are central to public health. There are then applies to a range of key challenges, including communicable and non-communicable diseases, globalisation, environmental sustainability and social justice.

Typical availability

Spring session

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