PUB HLTH 7092 - Health Systems, Systems Thinking & Advocacy for Change
North Terrace Campus - Summer - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code PUB HLTH 7092 Course Health Systems, Systems Thinking & Advocacy for Change Coordinating Unit Public Health Term Summer Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Assumed Knowledge PUB HLTH 7075, PUB HLTH 7093, PUB HLTH 7091, PUB HLTH 7090 Course Description This course is structured into three linked modules: 1) A broad overview of health systems; 2) Systems thinking and political science and 3) Advocacy in the public health context.
1) A broad overview of health systems examines the foundations of health systems, exploring how they are structured, why they function in the way they do and the different types of health systems that have evolved over time. The course will focus on the Australian healthcare system, with a specific focus on public health, prevention and health promotion and will compare and contrast the Australian health system with a variety of international health systems.
2) Systems thinking and political science provides students with an introduction to systems thinking and complexity theory. Systems thinking is an emerging core skill in public health and students will explore the role of political science and how systems thinking can impact on developing policy and support systems to change by moving from a silo-ed structure to a more integrated system, which considers social and public health impacts.
3) Advocacy in the public health context brings the health systems and systems thinking concepts together to apply them to drive change for public health. Advocacy occurs at the policy and government level, organisational levels and with the community, in grass roots advocacy. Students will learn the fundamentals of advocacy including the role of advocacy in federal and state policy development and political debate. They will explore leadership in advocacy, and focus on learning practical skills such as communication, negotiation and diplomacy.
Each module includes a particular focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues; a series of practical exercises and guest speakers who will focus on their experience of integrating theory and practice in navigating and managing a variety of systems and advocating at all levels.
Course Coordinator: Professor Caroline Laurence
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.Timetable details are located on MyUni.
Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
Demonstrate an understanding of the building blocks of health systems and describe how these are translated into the health systems of different countries.
Demonstrate an understanding of how the principles of systems thinking and complexity science can be adapted to inform system functioning, facilitate multi-sectoral collaboration, drive change and successfully implement public health programs.
Demonstrate an understanding of the core principles of advocacy and demonstrate how they can be applied at various levels, including in government, in different organisations and at a community level
Effectively present accurate demographic, statistical, programmatic, and scientific information for policy makers, lay audiences and the media
Identify how advocacy principles can be used to identify policy options that should be targets for advocacy
Demonstrate an ability to apply effective leadership, communication, political science and negotiation strategies in an advocacy context
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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
4, 5, 6
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.
Attribute 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Required ResourcesThere is no set textbook for this course. All resources, including links to journal articles and reading lists, will be disseminated via MyUni.
Recommended ResourcesResources will be provided via MyUni where required
Online LearningThis course is presented in DUAL mode
Lectures for both modes will be online via MyUni
For online students, most activities, worksheets, discussions etc will be available though MyUni however there will also be a number of zoom sessions throughout the course as well
MyUni is also the prime means of communication between students and lecturers
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
This course is offered in DUAL mode with all lectures provided online.
Practical activities and guest speakers will be offered face to face in intensive mode in the Summer Semester for those students able to attend. (Note that this is dependent on any COVID safety guidelines at the time)
For those who are undertaking the remote option, practical activities will be provided online and worksheets can be uploaded via MyUni.
Guest speakers will present to the face to face class but all sessions will be recorded.
If any online students have specific questions for the speakers, provision will be made for guest speakers to receive the query via email and to respond
Group functions of MyUni will be used to facilitate the completion of the group project.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.This course is offered in Dual mode, in both an intensive mode and in online mode
Learning Activities SummaryThis course consists of 3 modules, with associated practical activities:
Module 1: A broad overview of the health Australian health system which is contrasted with health systems in other countries
Module 2: Systems thinking and political science
Module 3: Advocacy in the public health context
Specific Course RequirementsN/A
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COURSE LEARNING OUTCOME(S)
Short answer Quiz
Advocacy campaign plan
3, 4, 5, 6
Assessment Related RequirementsN/A
Assessment Detail1. Short Answer Quiz on Health Systems
2. Essay: (approximately 2,000 words).
Students will identify a complex public health issue (either in Australia or in another country to be agreed with the Course Co-ordinator), and examine how systems thinking can help public health practitioners to identify the broader systems issues associated with this problem, why it is considered complex and how systems thinking could be used to address the problem.
3 Advocacy campaign plan:
Students will choose a topic of public health importance that you believe is suitable for advocacy. The plan should:
· Identify a policy option suitable for advocacy and a rationale for the choice (approximately 500 words)
· Specify the goals, tactics and partners (approximately 1000 words)
· Explain how the campaign will be evaluated (approximately 500 words)
4. Group project:
Students will choose a country and develop a presentation on the structure and functioning of that health system, with a particular focus on the role of public health and disease prevention.
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