PUB HLTH 1002 - Public Health IB

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016

This course builds on learning attained during the first semester course Public Health IA &, in addition to providing basic essential knowledge of disease prevention & health promotion aspects of public health, it provides a valuable foundation for subsequent health sciences & public health studies. Public Health IB aims to introduce students to a population view of health & to the range of disciplines that contribute to a focus on the health of populations, with an orientation toward prevention, early intervention and primary care

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PUB HLTH 1002
    Course Public Health IB
    Coordinating Unit Public Health
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assessment Exam, assignments, tutorial, practical participation & online quizzes
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Rebecca Tooher

    Course Coordinator: Dr Rebecca Tooher
    Phone: +61 8313 1316
    Location: Level 7, 178 North Terrace

    Learning and Teaching Team
    Phone: +61 8313 2128

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Demonstrate an understanding of the types of research evidence on which health interventions may be made;
    2 Define health promotion with reference to Ottawa Charter Action Areas;
    3 Demonstrate an understanding of the social determinants of health, particularly in reference to Indigenous Australians;
    4 Describe the basic principles and salient features of various disease prevention and health promotion interventions;
    5 Describe, at a beginner’s level, the use of some of the behaviour change models in health promotion and disease prevention programs;
    6 Identify the key ethical and economic issues associated with public health interventions;
    7 Describe the contribution of public health sciences and program planning to public health practice;
    8 Demonstrate a basic understanding that health outcomes are affected by policies in a wide range of areas;
    9 Demonstrate effective research skills in locating, reading, synthesising and critiquing public health literature and the ability to communicate in clear and concise writing using appropriate terminology and references;
    10 Demonstrate an ability to participate constructively in tutorials and practicals and work effectively in teams.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    9, 10
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1, 7, 9, 10
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    3-5, 7, 8
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    3, 9, 10
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    A hard copy of the Public Health 1B Handbook is provided to all students at the beginning of the semester. An electronic version is   also available on MyUni.

    The Book of Readings lists the chapters of the text to be read for each topic and contains additional readings which expand on  material in the textbook and frequently are the basis for tutorial discussion. You will need access to this book of readings, either in  hard copy or online in MyUni, from the first week of semester.

    Hard copies of the Book of Readings are moderately priced and available for purchase from the Image and Copy Centre. You can order  nd pay for your course reader at the Online Shop, and then pick up your hard copy from the Image and Copy Centre, Level 1 Hughes Building. An electronic version of all the readings is also available on MyUni – you can elect to purchase the Book of Readings  so you have a hard copy of the readings, or you can view the readings via MyUni and choose to print if you wish.

    The required textbook, Fleming ML, Parker E. Introduction to Public Health. 2nd ed. Sydney. Churchill Livingstone; 2012 will be available online to all students without cost, or may be purchased at UniBooks or Ramsay's Bookstore.
    Recommended Resources
    A list of additional recommended resources can be found in the Course Handbook.
    Online Learning
    University information on computer laboratories and other computing services is available at:

    Public Health makes lecture notes and other teaching aids available electronically to students, through MyUni.

    In Public Health 1B, you will be expected to use MyUni for a number of purposes:-
    Accessing announcements about changes in scheduling, course information etc.
    Accessing lecture notes both in pdf format and, if recording is possible in the allocated lecture theatre, in audiofile format.
    Posting questions. Neither the course coordinators nor the tutors will respond to emails sent to their university email address containing questions of an academic nature (e.g., about assignments), the answers to which would be of interest to other students. Such questions must be posted to the Discussion Board. Only questions of a more personal nature such as requests for extension should go directly to the coordinators.

    In addition you can access digital copies of the readings and links to other resources.
    MyUni is the primary entry point to online learning at Adelaide University. MyUni provides students and staff with access to course materials, discussion forums, announcements, online and many other features to help manage your study or teaching. You can connect to MyUni on or off campus from an internet connected computer using a Web browser. The URL is:
    Login to MyUni using your Username and Password. Once logged on to MyUni, you will find the information displayed is customised to present only details relevant to you and the online content for courses that you are studying.

    For enquiries about online education services, what is available and access, contact the Online Education Helpdesk:
    Phone: (08) 8313 3335
    The Helpdesk is available for extended hours during the week or through voicemail.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    There are a number of teaching and learning modes in this course. Lectures, with interactive components, provide basic factual  information and concepts about public health, and may be preceded by online learning. Lectures are supported by interactive tutorials designed to develop and clarify topics covered in lectures. Practical classes provide an opportunity for group work, a problem-oriented investigation of some of the key course concepts, and the development of professional skills. Assignments provide an opportunity to undertake in depth analysis of some key concepts of the course. Finally, the exam will assess the extent to which students have  developed their understanding through the course.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    As a 3 unit course, PH1B will require approximately 12 hours of work per week including attendance at lectures (2 hours), attendance at a tutorial (1 hour), attendance at a practical (1 hour). Eight of the 12 hours per week is private study, which is study outside of  your regular classes.
    Eight non-contact hours per week should be private study including:
    Pre-reading (lecture material) - 1 hour
    Tutorial tasks - 1-2 hours
    Completion of assignments and revision - 6 hours

    Learning Activities Summary
    Topics to be covered in lectures, tutorials, practicals and readings:

    Public health interventions: Disease prevention, promotion, protection

    Evidence-based public health

    Health promotion: the Ottawa Charter

    Program planning: the health intervention cycle

    Levels of prevention

    Health behaviour change

    Indigenous health

    Health policy

    Choice under scarcity: ethics and health economics

    Case studies of health interventions (examples may include: HIV prevention, hepatitis C prevention, disaster preparedness, injury
    prevention, Health in All Policies, obesity prevention, smoking cessation, childhood development)

    Exam preparation and further study in Public Health
    Specific Course Requirements
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    In Public Health 1B, students will participate in a Small Group Discovery Experience. This provides students with an opportunity to work in small groups, guided by academic mentors, on a real world problem: a targeted preventative health intervention related to one of Australia’s National Health Priority Areas. Please see section 5.3, Assessment Detail.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed
    Assignment 1 Summative 10% 1, 7, 9
    Assignment 2 Summative 20% 1-5, 7, 8, 9
    Tutorial participation Summative 10% 1 - 10
    Online quizzes Summative 5% 1 - 8
    Small Group Discovery Experience project Summative 15% 1-10
    Exam Summative 40% 1-9
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Tutorial and practical participation

    Attendance and participation at all tutorials is required and an expectation; 10% of your overall mark is based on your tutorial  participation. Tutorials will extend and apply the material presented in lectures and in the readings. The examination will test understanding of tutorial topics.

    All practical material is examinable and you are expected to participate actively. An attendance sheet will be completed every week.  More importantly, the practicals provide an opportunity for you to process and assimilate the material from the lectures and readings, and apply your learning to specific situations. Active participation will not only lead to greater enjoyment and learning, but will  definitely assist you in the exam. Your Small Group Discovery Experience will take place within your practical class. Each student will be assigned to a group within their practical class, and each group will make a presentation to the class during the semester. Participation in the group process and the presentation will together constitute 15% of the assessment for the semester.

    In tutorials and practicals it is expected that all students contribute to discussion. Public health can be controversial, therefore  opinions may be expressed that are counter to our own. You are expected to be respectful of others' points of view even though they  may differ from your own. Each student has the right to hold and express views that are not conventional, provided that they  are not personal attacks on individual students and they do not vilify other groups of people (i.e. people from different ethnic or  religious groups, or those with different sexual preferences).
    Assessment Detail
    Assignment 1 (10%), 500 words
    In this written assignment, students will consider a public health intervention recently reported in the media. Students should consider what kind of intervention is being described, and what evidence is being presented in favour for, or against, the  intervention.

    Assignment 2 (20%), 1200-1500 words
    In this assignment, students will focus on a specific public health intervention (topic to be provided), discussing the health issue the intervention seeks to address, the relevance to the Ottawa Charter Action Areas, and the use of behaviour change models.

    Tutorial participation (10%)
    The criteria for attendance and participation marks, which will apply from Week 2, are as follows:

    1 mark is allocated for attending and actively participating in one tutorial.

    If a student is absent, he/she will receive 0 for that tutorial.

    Attendance only, without preparation and participation may receive 0.5 marks for that tutorial.

    A tutorial which is not attended but for which the student submits a medical certificate will not be counted for marking.

    Online Quizzes (5%)
    Quizzes will comprise mainly multiple choice questions and will be completed online. Some quizzes will be included in online  modules that will form part of some lectures and practicals.

    Small Group Discovery Experience Project (15%)
    In Public Health 1B, students will participate in a Small Group Discovery Experience project. This provides students with an opportunity to work in small groups, guided by academic mentors, on a real world problem: a targeted preventative health  intervention related to one of Australia’s National Health Priority Areas. The group work will give a practical way to apply and  integrate the material presented in the lectures.

    Each group will complete three tasks. For each task your group will need to submit a one page summary (online through MyUni). In  addition, each group will be assigned one of the three tasks to present to the practical class.

    Each individual group member will also submit an individual reflection on their experience.

    Final examination (40%)
    Details will be provided during Week 12 revision sessions. All aspects of the course are examinable: lectures, tutorials, practicals,  group presentations, assignments, the textbook and other readings from the course. Students will be expected to integrate  information and critically analyse public health issues. The objectives of the course should be used as a guide to the content of the examination.
    All extensions for assignments must be requested, at the latest, by the last working day before the due date of submission.   Extensions will generally be granted only on medical or genuine compassionate grounds.  Supporting documentation must be  provided at the time a student requests an extension.  Without documentation, extensions will not be granted.  Late requests for extension will neither be accepted nor acknowledged.

    Only the Course Co-ordinator(s) may grant extensions.

    Supporting documentation will be required when requesting an extension. Examples of documents that are acceptable include: a  medical certificate that specifies dates of incapacity, a police report (in the case of lost computers, car & household theft etc.), a  letter from a Student Counsellor, Education and Welfare Officer (EWO) or Disability Liaison Officer that provides an assessment of  compassionate circumstances, or a letter from an independent external counsellor or appropriate professional able to verify the  student’s situation.  The length of any extension granted will take into account the period and severity of any incapacity or impact  on the student.  Extensions of more than 10 days will not be granted except in exceptional circumstances.

    Late submission
    Marks will be deducted when assignments for which no extension has been granted are handed in late.

    All assignments, including those handed in late, will be assessed on their merits.  In the case of late assignments where no  extension has been granted, 5 percentage points of the total marks possible per day will be deducted.  If an assignment that is 2  days late is awarded 65% on its merits, the mark will then be reduced by 10% (5% per day for 2 days) to 55%.  If that same  assignment is 4 days late, the mark will be reduced by 20% (5% per day for 4 days) to 45%, and so on.

    The School of Public Health reserves the right to refuse to accept an assignment that is more than 7 days late.

    Assignments submitted after the due date may not be graded in time to be returned on the listed return dates.
    Students submitting examinable written work who request (and receive) an extension that takes them beyond the examination  period are advised that there is no guarantee that their grades will be processed in time to meet usual University deadlines.
    If a student is dissatisfied with an assessment grade they should follow the Student Grievance Resolution Process  <>.  Students who are not satisfied with a particular assessment result should raise their concerns with Course Co-ordinator(s) in the first instance.  This must be done within 10 business days of the  date of notification of the result.  Resubmission of any assignment is subject to the agreement of the Course Co-ordinator(s) and  will only be permitted for the most compelling of reasons.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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