GEOG 2138 - Population and Health

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of level 1 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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Dianne Rudd

    Dr Dianne Rudd (course coordinator)
    Ground Level Napier Building, Room G34, Phone 831 34109
    Email: dianne.rudd@adelaide.edu.au
    Course Timetable

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

    Two 1 hour lectures
    One 1 hour tutorial
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. 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
    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)
    1,2,3,4.5
    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
    6,7
    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
    4,5,6,7
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1,5,6,7
    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
    3,4,6,7
    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
    1-7
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Although 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/
    Recommended Resources
    Ability to access data and publications from specified websites
    Online Learning
    Useful 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 Modes
    The 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.
    Workload

    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 2016
    Date  No. Lecture Topic Tutorial Topic
    1
    2
    Introduction - Data sources and measurment
    Population Transitions - Epidemiological
    No Tutorial
    3
    4
    Global Health Trends and challenges
    Australia's Health
    Global Health Challenges
    5
    6
    Reproductive Health
    Australian fertility
    Indigenous Health in Australia
    7
    8
    Ageing in Australia
    Ageing in Developing Countries
    Australian Fertility Issues
    9
    10
    11
    12
    GIS and Health
    Social Inequality and Health
    Health Provision in Australia
    Health workforce
    Implications of ageing for health policy

    Ubran versus rural health outcomes
    13
    14
    Health interventions
    Childhood obesity
    Health Interventions-
    Obesity
    15
    16
    Migration and Health I
    Migration and Health II
    Migration and AIDS
    17
    18
    Health and Housing I
    Health and Housing II
    Health and housing
    19
    20
    Population, Health and the Enviroment I
    Population, Health and the Enviroment II
    Population, Health and the Enviroment
    21
    22
    23
    24
    Globalisation and Health
    Health policy
    Population and health research issues
    summary and exam
    Future Health Policy

    Specific Course Requirements
    MYUNI 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
    Small Group Discovery Experience


    This course is designed to encourage discussion around issues pertaining to population and health in developed and developing countries with reference to Australia and incorporates small group discovery.
  • 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
    Tutorial 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 Requirements
    To attend tutorials, complete assignments and sit the exam
    Assessment Detail
    Attendance 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.
    Submission
    All work to be submitted online via MyUni
    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.


    Grades

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

    HD High Distinction 85-100

    D Distinction 75-84

    C Credit 65-74

    P Pass 50-64

    F Fail 0-49 FNS Fail no submission 0

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

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