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HEA8301 Fundamentals of Community Health

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Nursing and Midwifery


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: PMHN or MNRS or MNSG or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH

Other requisites

It is preferable for students to complete HEA8001 concurrently or prior to undertaking this course
Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


The purpose of this course is to provide community health practitioners with a solid conceptual grounding in community health, (including its historical foundations and contemporary genres) as this is framed by trans-disciplinary and culturally informed approaches. Students will become familiar with the scope of community health practice, and implications of applying various practice approaches. The concept of community will be critically examined as this applies to place, ecology, culture and identity and health-risk factors. Students will gain the knowledge necessary to assess community health needs & aspirations, and develop interventions through a range of transdisciplinary approaches and will be able to apply the main tenets of empowerment practice within these processes.

In some respects this course is uniquely positioned as some of its content will be inclusive of health issues pertaining to regional and local communities of South West Queensland, yet it will be structured in a way to give it international relevance. Its focus on critical epistemolgocial perspective and inclusion of the 'ecology of community health' as an analytical lens will make it unique. However it will also be clearly recognizable as community health course.

Key professional competencies primarily focus on knowledge areas and secondarily on skills areas including:
. the parameters and scope of practice of community health
. the importance of transdisciplinary, epistemologically and culturally-informed approaches to community health
. the main tenets of empowerment practice and articulation of these within key areas of community health assessment and project implementation approaches.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2015 External