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HSC2100: Current health challenges

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Current health challenges

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This unit explores key emerging challenges in health at the national and global levels. A case study approach is used to explore current issues facing health systems, including the causes, consequences, and approaches used to address the issues.Causes are considered at the behavioural, social, cultural, political and environmental levels. A public health and/or systems thinking perspective is taken to describe and critically appraise initiatives to address identified issues.Specific challenges which will be the focus of this unit will change over time in line with contemporary and emerging issues, but for example may include: obesity, population ageing, climate change, emerging infectious diseases and mental health, terrorism, and natural disasters.


1 - Case study (900 words) - 15% 2 - Group presentation - 20% 3 - Critical appraisal (1,500 words) - 25% 4 - Examination - 40% Hurdle type:Threshold Hurdle description: You must achieve a mark of 45% in this assessment task to achieve the hurdle.


1 hour lecture, 2 hour tutorial, 3 hours of directed online student learning activities, plus 6 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:

Climate Change, 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 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure 13. Climate Action 16. Peace Justice and Strong Institutions