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PUH8020 Integrated Public Health Core B

Semester 1, 2021 Online
Short Description: Integrated Core B
Units : 2
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


Examiner: Paul Gardiner


Pre-requisite: PUH8010

Other requisites

Students must be enrolled in Masters of Public Health, or Graduate Diploma in Public Health, or Graduate Certificate in Public Health, or any other Masters degree programs.


This course builds on the foundation knowledge and skills gained in previous courses People are living longer and working longer, which requires public health practitioners to have the skills and knowledge to lead public health through to 2050 and to be able to place disciplinary foci in the broader context of public health challenges. Public health needs are changing and this course aims to address the public health challenges of the past, as well as those of the 21st century. this course uses a life course and integrated discipline approach to achieve the various core competencies required of public health graduates. The course content and outcomes are informed by the Council of Academic Public Health Institutions of Australia (CAPHIA) guidelines. Please note, that while CAPHIA does not provide accreditation for courses, they represent universities that offer public health programs and aims to promote high academic standards in public health education and practice. Completion of this course will prepare students for the other courses delivered in the Masters of Public Health program.


This course builds on content delivered in previous courses integrating the five disciplines and foundational competencies required of public health graduates. A team-based approach is applied where experts in each discipline will deliver a component of the course. Core content will be taught in small modules and then integrated into case-based learning so that students can understand the inter-connectedness of disciplines.

At the completion of this course, students will meet the following CAPHIA.

This course contains three (3) mandatory zoom-based workshops.


On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Analyse and interpret data relating to stratified and marginalised groups of people in a way that demonstrates cultural safety.
  2. Map and analyse the environmental determinants that contribute to disease in various populations and countries.
  3. Design a strategy for ecologically sustainable development, taking into account climate change and it impact on health and wellbeing.
  4. Plan and evaluate evidence-based health promotion initiatives.
  5. Identify and discuss international/national/state/ regional priority health problems relevant to various populations and communities.
  6. Explain how legal frameworks, organisational structures and service delivery systems influence disease prevention and control.
  7. Develop and conduct a stakeholder analysis and identify prospective partners with reference to the health needs of a specific population or community.
  8. Develop an advocacy strategy regarding a population health issue to influence public policy.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Biostatistics and epidemiology (intermediate) 20.00
2. Disease prevention and control 20.00
3. Climate change and health 15.00
4. Theories of health promotion 15.00
5. Global Health 15.00
6. Stakeholder analysis 15.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There is no specific textbook prescribed for this course. Peer-review publications and government-based reports will inform course content and be provided by the teaching team..

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 120.00
Directed Study 124.00
Online Discussion Groups 25.00
Online Lectures 52.00
Online Tutorials or Workshops 9.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Online Workshop 50 10 15 Mar 2021 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 (see note 1)
Assessment 1 100 40 22 Apr 2021 1,2,3,4 (see note 2)
Online Discussion Groups 50 10 27 May 2021 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 (see note 3)
Assessment 2 100 40 03 Jun 2021 5,6,7,8 (see note 4)

  1. This course contains a mandatory online workshop and attendance is included as an assessment component. Students must attend at least 80% of the time allocated to workshops. As part of the mandatory online workshops, students are be expected to complete a case-study and presentation (contributing towards assessment 2.) Dates of the online workshops will be available on StudyDesk.
  2. Assessment 1 is an essay based on the content covered in weeks 1-6.
  3. Weekly tasks and discussions will be posted on the forum. Students will be graded based on their contributions (initiating and contributing to discussions).
  4. Assessment 2 will comprise of two parts: Part 1 will be a portfolio of tasks (based on activities at residential school) and part two will relate to a case-study.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no weekly attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility 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. Students are expected to contribute to forum discussions weekly.
    Students must attend the mandatory online workshops in weeks 4, 8 and 12.

  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, in addition to attending at least 80% of the time allocated for the workshops. As part of the mandatory online workshops, students are be expected to complete a case-study and presentation (contributing towards assessment 2).

  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 obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course in addition to attending at least 80% of the time allocated for the workshops
    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

  6. Examination information:
    NO EXAM: There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    NO EXAM: There is no examination in 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. Referencing in assignments must comply with the Harvard (AGPS) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. This guide can be found at

  3. As part of the mandatory online workshop, students are be expected to complete a case-study and presentation (contributing to assessment 2) as advised by the course examiner.

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:

  1. Conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
  2. Forms part of the MPUH – Masters of Public Health (and GDPUH, GCPUH)and is benchmarked against the:
• internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.
• professional accreditation standards of the Council of Academic Public Health Institutions Australia (CAPHIA)

Other requirements

  1. Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at

  2. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in this course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect the same grades as those students who do possess them.

  3. The dates for the online workshops will be placed on the course study desk in week.

Date printed 18 June 2021