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PUH8030 Public Health in Practice A (Case-based Learning)

Semester 1, 2021 Online
Short Description: Pub Health in Practice A
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


Examiner: Tracy Kolbe-Alexander

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.


Public health as a discipline is ideally placed to play a central role in addressing some of the key issues we face as a society. It is the art and science of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organised efforts of society. This course allows students to apply the theory presented in other courses using a case-based learning approach, with cases presented by practitioners working in public health. By the end of this course students should be able to understand the inter-disciplinary nature of public health and apply the core public health competencies to real world, complex health issues. The course content and outcomes are informed by the Council of Academic Public Health Institutions of Australia (CAPHIA). 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.


Public health practitioners work in multi-disciplinary teams fostering inter-disciplinary collaboration and competence, while enhancing individual professional skills and knowledge. A multi-disciplinary and case-based approach will be utilised so that students can apply theoretical content to real wold examples of public health problems and related outcomes and programs. At the completion of this course students should have the knowledge and skills to engage professionally across population health with generic knowledge and skills of systematic research, ethical practice, teamwork, stakeholder analysis, health communication and cultural safety.

This course contains three (3) mandatory online workshops.


On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Discuss the features of different types of surveillance systems and screening programs designed to address specific population health problems.
  2. Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and health services to analyse key comparative indicators regarding the social determinants of health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  3. Formulate and implement a response to a public health emergency.
  4. Appraise and critique the impact of social, cultural, political and regulatory factors that influence responses to environmental health issues.
  5. Identify and discuss the roles of key professionals, community leaders, and other relevant stakeholders to collaborate on a public health intervention (including environmental interventions).
  6. Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and health services to evaluate, discuss and communicate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander public health policy and programs and apply principles of economic evaluation to program development and implementation.
  7. Develop a health promotion plan, specifying target groups and including specific goals, objectives, strategies, broad budgetary implications and related evaluation criteria based on best available evidence.
  8. Analyse the management of a population health program in terms of strategic focus, organisational authority, leadership capacity, strategic partnerships, resource allocation, workforce capacity and mechanisms of accountability.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Biostatics 10.00
2. Epidemiology 20.00
3. Environmental Health 25.00
4. Social and behavioural science 25.00
5. Health policy, planning and management 20.00

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). (

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There is no prescribed 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 55.00
Directed Study 60.00
Online Discussion Groups 20.00
Online Lectures 24.00
Online Tutorials or Workshops 6.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Assessment 1 100 40 01 Apr 2021 1,2,3,4,5 (see note 1)
Online Workshop 50 10 13 May 2021 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 (see note 2)
Forum Discussion 50 10 20 May 2021 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 (see note 3)
Assessment 2 100 40 10 Jun 2021 5,6,7,8 (see note 4)

  1. Assessment 1 will comprise of an essay based on the content delivered in weeks one to five.
  2. 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. Students are required to deliver a group-based presentation upon completion of the 3rd workshop, which will contribute to the grade for this assessment.
  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 an essay and stakeholder report based on the content from weeks 6-12.

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, 10 and 13.

  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, students must attend 80% of the time allocated for the mandatory online workshops.

  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, students must attend 80% of the time allocated for the mandatory online 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 workshops, students are be expected to complete a case-study and presentation (contributing to assessment 1) 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. Mandatory online workshops will be conducted in weeks 4, 10 and 13, starting at 18:00 to account for students who might be working.

Date printed 18 June 2021