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PBHL12001 Communicable Diseases and Public Health
Communicable Diseases and Public Health
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General Information


The prevention of disease is recognised internationally as being of fundamental importance to quality of life and is a core skillset for any public health professional. This unit covers the important public health topic of communicable diseases and their control. Students will learn the value of participation by engaging in team activities and tutorial activities. They will learn about prevention by exploring the aetiologies, risk factors, epidemiological trends and underlying issues relating to a wide range of communicable diseases. Students will critique the public health literature and public health campaigns to discover the importance of partnerships in the effective control of communicable diseases. Topics will include the aetiology, transmission, epidemiological trends and control strategies relating to a range of communicable diseases, including enteric, vaccine preventable and sexually transmitted infections. The impact of communicable disease upon individual and population health will be explored, with particular emphasis on the indigenous community and global context. Students will develop skills in disease surveillance and/or the prevention or management of disease outbreaks. Residential school will be compulsory for Environmental Health students but optional for Health Promotion and other students.


Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

48 credit points

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2022

Mixed Mode

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
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Class and Assessment Overview

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Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from "Have your Say" Reflection Verbal feedback


Students enjoyed and valued the residential school.


Continue the residential school with a slight change of format to be more hands on (e.g. simulated case studies, more field visits). Encourage Health Promotion students to attend for inter-professional leaning (optional). Consider a combined residential school with HLTH12032: Community Assets and Needs Assessment.

Feedback from "Have your Say" Reflection Student grades. Verbal feedback


Assessment items need to be practical and hands-on.


Keep the same assessment items but refresh assessment for 2021: - Format for Assessment 3 to be in an Australian report style to ensure work relevant; - Short answer quizzes to test understanding; and - Same Assessment 3 for Health Promotion and Environmental Health.

Feedback from "Have your Say" Reflection Verbal feedback


Learning materials need to be updated to reflect changes since the COVID-19 pandemic. Further, learning materials, particularly lectures, are dated.


Refresh all learning materials, including lectures. Change textbook to a combination of a relevant e-books that are available at the library and contemporary on-line resources drawn from Australian Departments of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and the American Public Health Association.

Feedback from Reflection Student Attendance Verbal feedback


On-line tutorials, although valued by students who attended, are resource intensive and not well attended, with only one to two students attending.


Rather than weekly tutorials; offer ad hoc tutorials on demand. Guide students to post on the discussion board (asynchronous tutorials) and hold up to 3 drop in Zoom sessions on assessment items.

Feedback from "Have your Say" Reflection Verbal feedback


Assessment feedback needs to be comprehensive and timely.


Model answers for short answer quizzes provided as soon as students submits. Students to continue to be offered verbal feedback for Assessment 3 as well as intext comments.

Unit Learning Outcomes

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Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes

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Textbooks and Resources

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Academic Integrity Statement

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