PBHL11001 - Public Health Data and Measurement

General Information

Unit Synopsis

There is an enormous body of health data and information that is relevant to public health and the ability to locate, interpret and communicate health information is a fundamental skillset required by all public health professionals. In this unit you will be introduced to the concepts of measurement and data relating to public health. You will explore potential sources of data, how to identify and interpret appropriate measurements and data for public health, and how to communicate measurements and data with confidence to inform public health decisions.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

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).

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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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Group Discussion 20%
2. Online Quiz(zes) 30%
3. Project (research) 50%

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

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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.

Source: Student feedback.
The option of an evening tutorial (supplemented by an asynchronous tutorial) has been well received to assist students with other commitments.
The evening tutorial starting at 7.30pm will continue supplemented by the asynchronous tutorial for those who cannot attend.
Action Taken
The evening tutorial has continued and proven successful in meeting students' needs.
Source: Student feedback.
Students have appreciated the focus on practical skills with relatable examples in the tutorials.
The use of tutorials to demonstrate and practice critical thinking, critical reading, and construction of argument or thesis will continue.
Action Taken
The tutorial activities have continued and proven effective in developing students' critical thinking skills.
Source: Unit evaluation
Request for additional guidelines for report assessment item.
A small number of students have requested additional guidelines for the report assessment. Recommend considering a framework or exemplar that could be provided in a way that encourages students to still critically consider what elements and information is most appropriate for their topic rather than rigidly following the example.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Assess the source and quality of health information and data as related to public health.
  2. Identify and interpret appropriate measurements and data for public health.
  3. Communicate health information using a range of information technologies.
  4. Reflect on individual, cultural, and ethical perspectives relating to health measurement and data.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Group Discussion
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Project (research)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Group Discussion
3 - Project (research)
2 - Online Quiz(zes)