Foundations of Public Health is an online unit provided by Curtin University and Open Universities Australia. It offers a broad overview of a range of issues relating to public health and its historical development. You will learn to analyse and explain major public health determinants locally and globally, with a particular focus on Indigenous people, covering issues like measurement, surveillance and planning.
Having explored a range of components relating to public health, you will then critique the major elements of successful public health interventions, from an international and Indigenous perspective. The unit also covers current public health practices from a range of perspectives, and encourages you to reflect on and critique a public health issue of personal interest.
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Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to enter this program: You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed the following unit because they are considered academically equivalent:
Foundations of Public Health
AND In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses at Curtin University:
Graduate Certificate in Health Industry Management
Graduate Diploma in Health Industry Management
Master of Health Industry Management
Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion
Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion
Master of Health Promotion
Graduate Certificate in Public Health
Graduate Diploma in Public Health
Master of Public Health
You should also ensure that you have not already completed an academically equivalent unit.
This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:
Graduate Certificate in Public Health, Curtin University
Graduate Diploma in Public Health, Curtin University
Master of Public Health, Curtin University
This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:
Graduate Certificate in Health Industry Management, Curtin University
Graduate Diploma in Health Industry Management, Curtin University
Master of Health Industry Management, Curtin University
Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion, Curtin University
Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion, Curtin University
Master of Health Promotion, Curtin University
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
Areas of study
In the Foundations of Public Health unit, the topics you will study include:
Definitions in public health
History of public health
Structure, values and ethics in public health
Public health in developing/developed countries
Measurement in public health
Agents affecting health
Host factors in public health
Environmental determinants in public health
Interventions in communicable/non-communicable diseases
Foundations of Public Health is an essential introductory unit for pursuing a career in public health. It provides a broad base of background knowledge on a range of topics, from the history and development of public health to issues including ethics, environmental determinants and interventions in developing countries. It is thus a vital unit for any aspiring healthcare or human services practitioners, and will serve as a springboard for future studies.
If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!
This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.
OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.
The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.
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