GEOG 2138 - Population and Health
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code GEOG 2138 Course Population and Health Coordinating Unit Geography, Environment and Population Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Prerequisites At least 12 units of undergraduate study Incompatible GEST 2038, GEST 2016 or GEST 3016 Course Description This course is aimed at introducing students to geographical and demographic perspectives in the study of health. It is concerned with providing students with the empirical knowledge, theoretical background and analytical studies to understand the linkages between the distribution and determinants of health related states and environment in populations. Such analyses involve both the examination of variations between different types of groups, socio-economic, ethnic, etc., and between different spatial areas with differing environmental characteristics and problems. There will be a particular focus on migration and health. While there is a focus on the Australian situation in the course students will also be introduced to some of the major population and health issues in Asia. There will not only be an emphasis on examination of health and disease patterns in populations but also on planning the interventions needed to address health problems.
Course Coordinator: Dr Dianne RuddDr Dianne Rudd (course coordinator)
Ground Level Napier Building, Room G34, Phone 831 34109
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes1. An understanding of the demographic and geographical perspectives in the study of health in Australia
2. To provide the empirical knowledge and theoretical background to examine the distribution and determinants of health and mortality in global populations
3. An understanding of the variations between different sub-groups of the population and spatial areas.
4. To provide analytical tools to understand the patterns of disease and health and the allocation of health resources and the location of health services.
5. To assess health policy in Australia at national, state and regional levels which can impinge upon the health and well-being of sub-groups of the population.
6. An ability to research issues relating to health and develop high quality written skills
7. To interpret health and disease patterns and consider interventions to address health problems for future planning–solving skills
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This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
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Required ResourcesAlthough there is no prescribed text for this course as there is no one book that deals with the geographical aspects of health, there are numerous sources of data and literature widely available. Data sources and a range of literature have been compiled and are available on MyUni for easy student access.
• There are a range of useful websites
• The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare www.aihw.gov.au
• Publications relating to the content of the census and other information relating to surveys and data sources provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) can be found on the ABS WEB address http://www.abs.gov.au
• Population Reference Bureau website http://www.prb.org You can choose from Focus Areas such as Environment, HIV/AIDS, Population Trends and Reproductive Health. Under topics look at Fertility, Health and Mortality
• World health reports World Health Organisation - website http://www.who.int/en/
• Demograhic Health Surveys -Country Reports http://measuredhs.com
For population references to specific topics up until 2000 for example studies of mortality you can browse the website of Population Indexhttp://popindex.princeton.edu/
Online LearningUseful websites
Publications relating to the content of the census and other information relating to surveys and data sources provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) can be found on the ABS WEB address http://www.abs.gov.au
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare - website http://www.aihw.gov.au
Population Reference Bureau website http://www.prb.org You can choose from Focus Areas such as Environment, HIV/AIDS, Population Trends and Reproductive Health. Under topics look at Fertility, Health and Mortality
World health reports World Health Organisation - website http://www.who.int/en/
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course lectures provide basic factual information and concepts about population and health issues, introducing demographic analysis, measurement and health resources and access to them. The tutorials based on readings each week provide backup to the lectures and an opportunity to discuss various health issues and possible solutions. Students will be asked to assist in leading tutorial discussion for a selected topic and present a written paper on that topic. The tutorials will also provide an opportunity for students to raise questions or points of interest. The major essay will provide opportunities for students to undertake research that will allow them to write on a topic of interest in either a developed or developing world context. Finally, the exam will assess the extent to which students have developed an understanding of key population and health issues throughout the course.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging with the course requirements.
· Structured learning (lectures and tutorials): 3 hours per week
· Background reading and reading for tutorials: 2 hours per week
· Tutorial paper and essay research and preparation: 5 hours per week (average)
· Exam revision: 2 hours per week (average)
Learning Activities Summary
Population and Health lecture and tutorial program 2014 Date No. Lecture Topic Tutorial Topic 1
Introduction - Data sources and measurment
Population Transitions - Epidemiological
No Tutorial 3
Global Health Trends and challenges
Global Health Challenges 5
Indigenous Health in Australia 7
Ageing in Australia
Ageing in Developing Countries
Australian Fertility Issues 9
GIS and Health
Social Inequality and Health
Health Provision in Australia
Implications of ageing for health policy
Ubran versus rural health outcomes
Migration and Health I
Migration and Health II
Migration and AIDS 17
Health and Housing I
Health and Housing II
Health and housing 19
Population, Health and the Enviroment I
Population, Health and the Enviroment II
Population, Health and the Enviroment 21
Globalisation and Health
Population and health research issues
summary and exam
Future Health Policy
Specific Course RequirementsMYUNI will be used for course –related announcements, emails to all students etc. information about weekly tutorial assignments and readings – on Myuni also research topics and data.
The posting of Lecture material for all lectures in the course and recordings
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Assessment SummaryTutorial participation 10 per cent
Short tutorial paper 15 per cent (1000 words) –
Essay 35 per cent 2500 words
Exam-40 per cent (two hours)
Assessment Related RequirementsTo attend tutorials, complete assignments and sit the exam
Assessment DetailAttendance at tutorials: Tutorial attendance is required and will be assessed as part of this course.
Assignment 1: Tutorial paper on one of the set topics Due 1 week after selected tutorial
Assignment 2: Major essay –One of 4 set topics
Final Exam: 3. A 2 hour exam during Semester 2 exam period - 40% of total assessment.
SubmissionAll work to be submitted to School of Social Sciences office Ground floor Napier Building and must have a signed coversheet
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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
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