PUBH 3019 Public Health Practice
Credit Points 10
Legacy Code 401193
Coordinator Catharine Fleming Opens in new window
Description This unit is an online equivalent of a workplace learning (placement) unit. You will engage in workplace activities with a public health organisation by using prepared resources, online discussion and videoconferencing. In this unit you will evaluate, develop and recommend public health policy or program change. The unit will involve the use of skills required to work in the public health arena; conducting needs analysis, collecting quantitative and qualitative data, facilitating stakeholder engagement, project development, management and evaluation, report writing and competent oral presentation skills, in an organisational setting.
School Health Sciences
Discipline Public Health
Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp
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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject
Pre-requisite(s) PUBH 2016
Restrictions Students must be enrolled in 4656 - Bachelor of Health Science (Public Health) or 6000 Diploma in Health Science/Bachelor of Health Science
Fundamentals of public health, determinants of health, Australian health system.
- Evaluate current public health policy or program in an organisational setting
- Determine policy or program effectiveness using a mixed methods approaches
- Identify barriers to effective program implementation
- Develop future recommendations for the public health project or policy
- Communicate recommendations in oral and written form
- Integrate evidence from a range of sources to support decision-making
- Collaborate with organisational groups and individuals with professional behaviour
Needs analysis skills and methodologies
Policy and program development
Evaluation of barriers to policy/ program success
Oral presentation skills
NOTE: Due to Covid Restrictions, the First Aid Requirement is currently not needed.
Special Requirements - NSW Health Legislative Prerequisites
Student Compliance Information for all Health-Related Placements
Prior to enrolling in this subject, students must have submitted a Student Undertaking Form and undertake to apply for a National Police Check, which is required to be submitted before placement, and a Working with Children Check Student Declaration. Use the link to the Special Requirements webpage below for more information.
To be eligible to enrol in this subject and complete any required health-related placements or experiences, students must meet Western Sydney University program requirements as well as any special, legislated, or policy-mandated requirements.
Western Program Requirements
Visit the Special Requirements webpage for details about your program.
Mandatory NSW Health student placement policy requirements
To be able to undertake placement in any NSW Health facility you must be assessed as compliant with NSW Health student placement policy in the first year of your program, regardless of when you expect to go on your first placement. Access and read the NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet.
Please ensure that you
- Find your existing National Police Check or apply for one
- Gather documentary evidence of your vaccination history
- Print and compete all relevant NSW Health forms relevant to the campus you are enrolled at or online enrolment requirements
- Follow booklet instructions on how to have your compliance documents assessed by NSW health staff.
International students have additional requirements; the link to the booklet will inform you of these requirements.
Contact your School for further details regarding your School’s requirements, if any, such as
- If you live outside of NSW or Australia and need to meet your state, territory or country’s compliance requirements
- If you need to meet different state, territory or country compliance requirements.
- NSW Working with Children Check (WWCC) or other state equivalent, valid for your entire program.
- Current approved first aid certificate valid for your entire program - approved program providers can be found at the Government Training website
- Other non-health related requirements.
Student Compliance Resources are also available on the Placements Hub web page (NSW students only)
The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.
|Case Study||1000 words||30||N||Individual|
|Professional Placement Professionalism||Ongoing||10||Y||Individual|
- Guest, C., Ricciardi, W., Kawachi, I., & Lang, I. (2013). Oxford Handbook of Public Health Practice. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
Sydney City Campus - Term 2
Subject Contact Andrey Zheluk Opens in new window
Subject Contact Catharine Fleming Opens in new window