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Law Enforcement and Public Health (POPH90246)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePOPH90246
Winter Term
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Law Enforcement and Public Health explores the multidimensional relationships that exist between the public health and public security sectors (including law enforcement, military and criminal justice and non-state actors). The subject provides key examples of how the activities of the security sector are both enablers and disablers of public health imperatives. It identifies both challenges and opportunities for the promotion of public health in the law enforcement sector, depending on the course of action and how different elements of response are mobilised. During this intensive subject, students will develop an understanding of how to conceptualise and navigate the role of public security across a range of traditional and non-traditional public health challenges. Issues that are addressed include (but are not limited to): managing mental health in the community; responding to alcohol and drugs; disaster management and preparedness; violence prevention (family violence); infectious disease management; and global population migration and incarceration. The delivery of the subject involves presentations from experts across public health, public security and civil society, facilitated interactive discussions, and sessions of small group work. The subject leads students through a comprehensive exploration of the principles of partnership and opportunities for collaboration between the health and law enforcement sectors, as well as the implications this has for governance and resourcing at local, national and international levels.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Analyse security sector systems and policies in Australia and other countries, and their potential points of intersection with Australian and international public health systems;
  • Appraise the opportunities and challenges for public health to engage with the public security sector in relation to issues including (but not limited to): alcohol and illicit drugs; mental health; indigenous health; the health of young people; infectious disease; and gender-based violence;
  • Develop advocacy and communication strategies that address both the social determinants of health and the impact of public security, on public health and human rights;
  • Analyse the critical governance needs that guide partnerships between public security and public health globally;
  • Apply the principles of co-design, implementation and evaluation in respect to partnership projects and practices at the intersection of public security and public health;
  • Apply classroom learnings to develop innovative and effective collaborative approaches in response to complex social health issues.

Generic skills

  • High-level oral and written communication skills.
  • Advanced skills in reasoning, persuasion and effective argumentation.
  • Advance analytic, integration and problem-solving skills
  • Advanced skills in cross-disciplinary analysis and critical thinking
  • Working with others and in teams

Last updated: 21 September 2019