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Prioritising & Planning in Public Health (POPH90274)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePOPH90274
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This is a core subject of the Master of Public Health degree. In this unit students will be introduced to the concepts, frameworks and methods used in prioritising and planning in public health. This unit will introduce students to the conceptual approaches and key methods used to conduct a health needs assessment and prioritise the identified needs for subsequent strategic planning. The unit will also explore the strategies and interventions that are commonly used to address health needs in populations and the criteria that can be used to select an appropriate intervention. Finally, the subject will consider essential concepts in the design and evaluation of health programs.

Within this subject, students will have the opportunity to apply the skills learnt to public health scenarios drawn from Australian and international case-studies. The material in this subject is highly relevant in day to day public health practice.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Design situation analyses and health needs assessments
  • Prioritise the health needs of international, national, subnational and local communities
  • Explain the broad strategies used for addressing health needs, and the types of interventions associated with each strategy.
  • Prioritise and select strategies and interventions to address health needs
  • Describe the significance of evaluation in a program plan and identify the major approaches to evaluation in public health
  • Comprehend the value and importance of, and identify strategies to facilitate respectful engagement with people of different cultures in the identification and prioritisation of community needs and the selection of culturally appropriate interventions
  • Recognise effective strategies for the advocacy of public health evidence

Generic skills

Upon completion of this subject, students will have developed skills in:

  • Working with others and in teams
  • Problem-solving
  • Finding, evaluating and using relevant information
  • Initiative, autonomy and organization
  • Oral communication

Last updated: 21 September 2019