CQUniversity Unit Profile
PBHL12002 Public Health Interventions
Public Health Interventions
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General Information

Overview

Public health programs require a coordinated effort and are typically based on a systematic planning model. This unit builds on your understanding of public health by providing a planning framework and the necessary tools to tackle complex public health issues at population, community and individual levels. Effective public health programs incorporate a combination of interventions to promote and protect health, hence you will explore and critique a range of individually focused interventions (aimed at changing individual behaviour) and structural interventions (aimed at changing social, economic, political, and environmental factors). Public health advocacy will be explored as a key strategy for facilitating 'upstream' changes such as regulation, policy or procedural changes. You will have the opportunity to develop a planning model to address a specific public health issue; this model can be used to prioritise health issues, select appropriate public health interventions and develop indicators to assess health impacts and outcomes over time.

Details

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 2 - 2021

Online

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).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

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 Evaluation, emails

Feedback

Students commented that they appreciated regular constructive feedback and contact from the Unit Coordinator, particularly around assessment.

Recommendation

Continue to provide detailed feedback and contact. Encourage contact from those who are unable to attend zoom support sessions.

Feedback from Student assessments

Feedback

Some confusion about requirements for assessment report layout.

Recommendation

Review the report layout exemplars and marking rubric for assessments 2 and 3.

Feedback from Evaluation

Feedback

The first two assessments were due in a very short timeframe from one another which made it somewhat difficult to know what was required.

Recommendation

Give immediate feedback on assessment 1 (online short answer quiz) once submitted.

Feedback from Evaluation, student interaction

Feedback

Poor class interaction on the discussion board and in drop in zoom support sessions.

Recommendation

More incentive for discussion board (e.g. practice short answer assessment 1 quizzes). Hold tutorials at times suitable for all students (out of hours).

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Articulate the importance of a planning model to guide program planning within public health
  2. Distinguish between 'individually focused' and 'structural' public health interventions
  3. Determine the most appropriate combination of interventions for addressing a key public health issue
  4. Articulate the importance of public health advocacy as a key strategy for improving the health of the community
  5. Develop a planning model to address a specific public health issue
  6. Solve ethical concerns relating to intervention development.


Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 40%
3 - Written Assessment - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 40%
3 - Written Assessment - 40%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Zoom Capacity (microphone required; webcam optional)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing styles below:

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Robyn Preston Unit Coordinator
r.preston@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 12 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Towards Better Health

Chapter

Various online readings and resources

Events and Submissions/Topic

Discussion board forum

Week 2 Begin Date: 19 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Public Health Interventions: An Introduction to Program Planning

Chapter

Various online readings and resources

Events and Submissions/Topic

Discussion board forum

Week 3 Begin Date: 26 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Public Health Interventions: Individual Approaches

Chapter

Various online readings and resources

Events and Submissions/Topic

Discussion board forum

Week 4 Begin Date: 02 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Public Health Interventions: Individual Approaches

Chapter

Various online readings and resources

Events and Submissions/Topic

Discussion board forum

Zoom Tutorial on Assessment 2

Week 5 Begin Date: 09 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Public Health Interventions: Structural Approaches

Chapter

Various online readings and resources

Events and Submissions/Topic

Discussion board forum

Vacation Week Begin Date: 16 Aug 2021

Module/Topic


Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 23 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Public Health Interventions: Structural Approaches

Chapter

Various online readings and resources

Events and Submissions/Topic

Discussion board forum

Assessment 1 Quiz Opens (23/08/21)

Week 7 Begin Date: 30 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Public Health Interventions: Community Based Approaches

Chapter

Various online readings and resources

Events and Submissions/Topic

Discussion board forum

Assessment 1 Quiz Due (30/08/21)


Short Answer Quiz Due: Week 7 Monday (30 Aug 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 8 Begin Date: 06 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

 Planning & Developing a Logic Model

Chapter

Various online readings and resources

Events and Submissions/Topic

Discussion board forum

Assessment 2 Report due (6/09/21)


Report Due: Week 8 Monday (6 Sep 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 9 Begin Date: 13 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

 Defining Problems and Setting Goals

Chapter

Various online readings and resources

Events and Submissions/Topic

Discussion board forum

Zoom Tutorial on Assessment 3

Week 10 Begin Date: 20 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

 Selecting Public Health Interventions

Chapter

Various online readings and resources

Events and Submissions/Topic

Discussion board forum

Week 11 Begin Date: 27 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

  Evaluating Public Health Interventions

Chapter

Various online readings and resources

Events and Submissions/Topic

Discussion board forum

Week 12 Begin Date: 04 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Reflections

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Discussion board forum

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 11 Oct 2021

Module/Topic


Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 3 Due (11/10/21)


Program Plan Due: Review/Exam Week Monday (11 Oct 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Exam Week Begin Date: 18 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Short Answer Quiz

Task Description

Students will be expected to answer 4 online short-answer essay-style questions. You will be required to demonstrate your understanding of public health interventions.


Assessment Due Date

Week 7 Monday (30 Aug 2021) 11:45 pm AEST

Students will be given 1 week to complete the online assessment. Assessment will open on Monday 23th August 2021 at 9.00am.


Return Date to Students

Within 2 weeks of submission.


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

Assessment 1 will be a series of 4 short answer essay style questions. Each answer will be allocated a grade between 1- 5% based on level of knowledge and depth of understanding relating to key concepts from the unit.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Short answer questions will be provided online.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Distinguish between 'individually focused' and 'structural' public health interventions
  • Articulate the importance of public health advocacy as a key strategy for improving the health of the community


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Report

Task Description

Scenario: You have been invited as a public health practitioner to write a report on a public health program. Please select one of the following programs outlined on Moodle or feel free to choose a public health program of interest to you.

- Hello Sunday Morning (www.hellowsundaymorning.org/)

- Queensland Country Women's Association Country Kitchens (https://www.qcwacountrykitchens.com.au/)

- Small Talk, Big Difference (https://www.smalltalkbigdifference.com.au/)

In your report you will need to:


• Provide an overview of the project and outline the public health interventions (strategies) used.
• Critique the effectiveness of the interventions/strategies by examining the evidence (in regards to the project itself and from the broader literature).
• Provide recommendations on how the project can be improved.


Assessment Due Date

Week 8 Monday (6 Sep 2021) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Two weeks after submission


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

Your report will be assessed according to following criteria: presentation, integration of literature, critique of interventions, recommendations and referencing. A marking rubric will be available on Moodle.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Articulate the importance of a planning model to guide program planning within public health
  • Distinguish between 'individually focused' and 'structural' public health interventions
  • Determine the most appropriate combination of interventions for addressing a key public health issue
  • Articulate the importance of public health advocacy as a key strategy for improving the health of the community


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Program Plan

Task Description

Report

As a public health practitioner you have been asked to review a community needs assessment (see Moodle site), prioritise a public health issue to be addressed and develop a program plan for implementation.


This information will need to be presented in a report format and include a basic planning model. Maximum 2500 words.


In your report you will need to:

• Provide brief background information on the selected community.
• Provide a rationale for the selection of the public health issue to be addressed.
• Outline the problem statement, goals and objectives of the project you intend to undertake.
• Develop a program description template and a model to guide the planning of your project.
• Include a basic GANTT chart to map the timeframe for your project


Assessment Due Date

Review/Exam Week Monday (11 Oct 2021) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Two weeks after submission


Weighting
40%

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Assessment Criteria

Your report will be assessed according to following criteria: presentation, integration of literature, prioritisation of health need, appropriateness of Planning Model and selection of interventions, and referencing. A marking rubric will be available on Moodle.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Articulate the importance of a planning model to guide program planning within public health
  • Determine the most appropriate combination of interventions for addressing a key public health issue
  • Develop a planning model to address a specific public health issue
  • Solve ethical concerns relating to intervention development.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?