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HSC1200: Public Health And Prevention

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Public Health And Prevention

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This unit provides an introduction to the principles and practices of contemporary public health. Case study examples are used to illustrate public health successes, including the key elements contributing to these successful approaches. Key concepts introduced include population health, social determinants of health, health inequalities, health and human rights, and the core roles and functions of public health systems, policies and programs. Inequalities within and across national boundaries are explored, as well as the contributing factors to these inequalities. Public health priorities are explored through consideration of population health trends and vulnerable populations.


1 - Weekly quiz (10 MCQs in 15 mins, weekly - 10 weeks) - 20% 2 - Group oral presentation (5 mins speaking per person, 600 word written reflection per person) - 30% 3 - Essay (2,500 words equivalent) - 50%


2 hour tutorial, 3 hours of directed online student learning activities, plus 7 hours of self-directed study per week.

Global challenges

Our Strategic Plan, Impact 2030, charts the path for how Monash will actively respond to climate change, preserving geopolitical security and fostering thriving communities over the next decade. Read more

This unit covers content related to the following Global Challenges:

Thriving Communities

Sustainable development goals

Adopted by the UN Member States in 2015, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. Read more

This unit covers content related to the following SDGs:

3. Good Health and Well-Being 10. Reduced Inequalities 16. Peace Justice and Strong Institutions