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In this subject, students are presented with established and developing issues affecting health and disease that require a holistic appreciation of medical biology, including anatomy, biochemistry, cell biology, physiology, pathology, microbiology, immunology and pharmacology.
Students should gain an integrated understanding of selected health issues that will be explored across their breadth of complexity from molecular mechanisms through to population health considerations. Health issues include: obesity and the metabolic syndrome; stem cells, tissue engineering and emerging technologies; respiratory health and disease; and mental health.
Students should also gain an appreciation of the research process and its relationship to the evolution of therapeutic approaches for the individual and across a population, including public health initiatives that assist in health promotion and disease control, through prevention and effective treatment.
Intended learning outcomes
- apply an interdisciplinary approach to the systematic analysis of diseases
- describe how public health and pharmacological approaches to the prevention and treatment of diseases can be integrated to improve social and patient outcomes
- communicate effectively to different audiences about the ethical implications and social and patient outcomes of medical research.
Upon completion of this subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:
- the ability to interpret scientific literature and interpret data from electronic databases;
- the capacity to integrate knowledge across disciplines;
- the ability to comprehend a question, evaluate the relevant information and communicate an answer;
- an appreciation of the ability to communicate scientific knowledge to an informed lay audience.
Last updated: 5 January 2021