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Prevention and Control of STIs and HIV (POPH90068)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePOPH90068
Semester 2 - Online
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This subject provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts of HIV and STI prevention and control. The basic epidemiology of STIs and HIV is considered along with some of the relevant clinical characteristics of these infections. The subject also introduces the concept of core groups and its importance to transmission dynamics, explores the factors that influence STI and HIV control and examines the public health consequences of these infections. It also provides examples of interventions and programmes to prevent and control HIV and STIs and critically examines and analyses such programmes.

This subject is organised into the following themes:

  1. Definitions and background (STI epidemiology, diagnosis and management)
  2. Importance and impacts (public health implications and consequences; HIV and HIV/STI interaction)
  3. Control and stakeholders (public health theory of control with examples; groups and networks of importance)
  4. Prevention and health promotion (including individual health messaging, mass and social media campaigns)
  5. Applications and program examples

Intended learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this subject are expected to be able to:

  • Characterise STIs and HIV in Australia and globally in terms of epidemiology and basic clinical features
  • Describe factors influencing the prevalence of STIs and HIV and the public health consequences of these infections
  • Apply key concepts and theories of HIV and STI prevention and control to public health challenges
  • Evaluate the real and potential efficacy of STI and HIV health promotion and prevention initiatives
  • Design an STI/HIV intervention or program likely to be successful in improving public health

Generic skills

At the end of this subject, students are expected to have developed or further honed skills related to the following:

  • sourcing, evaluating, synthesising and applying relevant information
  • academic inquiry, critical thinking and analysis
  • problem solving
  • written communication
  • working with others
  • feedback provision

Last updated: 21 September 2019