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PMC1101 Public Health

Semester 1, 2021 On-campus Ipswich
Short Description: Public Health
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 061399 - Public Health not elsewhere cl
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 14 April 2021


Examiner: Tracy Kolbe-Alexander


According to the World Health Organisation, public health refers to all organised measures (whether public or private) to prevent disease, promote health, and prolong life within populations. Content and activities presented in this course aims to inform students about maintaining health focusing on entire populations, as opposed to individuals and diseases. This Public Health course highlights promoting physical and mental health within communities which is a key priority among local, national and international agencies. This course is in line the Paramedicine Board of Australia’s requirement that includes paramedics promote health in communities and have an understanding of public health principles.


Public Health (PMC1101) will introduce concepts and data surrounding public health and provides students with an understanding of common health issues within Australia and globally. Factors influencing health and disease within various population groups and communities, as well as methods used to prevent disease will be explored and analysed throughout this course to prepare students for their role as future health professionals.


On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Define the terms and examine the concepts relating to epidemiology and health and health promotion
  2. Identify a range of health promotion theories and strategies to promote the health of populations
  3. Explain potential or actual Public Health issues that can impact on communities
  4. Acknowledge the importance of multidisciplinary health professionals working together to promote the health of populations
  5. Identify determinants of health including social, biological and global factors.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Health and wellbeing and introduction to public health 15.00
2. Public health assessment and understanding risk 10.00
3. Healthcare systems and services 10.00
4. Multidisciplinary approaches to healthcare 10.00
5. Community health interventions 10.00
6. Health promotion and education 15.00
7. Public Health policy 15.00
8. Disease and disease prevention 15.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Fleming, M & Parker, E 2019, Introduction to Public Health, 4th edn, Elsevier Science, Chatswood NSW.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 60.00
Lectures 24.00
Private Study 71.00
Tutorials 10.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Online Quiz 50 35 01 Apr 2021
Essay 50 35 13 May 2021
Portfolio 50 30 31 May 2021 (see note 1)

  1. The portfolio will align with the tasks and content completed in weekly tutorials. Therefore, if students attend the tutorials, it will allow them to complete each section of the portfolio under the guidance of their tutor.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students’ responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must attempt all assessment items and achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    No examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there is no exam for this course there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. USQ will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile or email unless expressly requested by the course examiner.

Date printed 14 April 2021