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PBHL20003 - Social Epidemiology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Understanding the patterns and distribution of health outcomes across populations requires public health professionals to be able to examine the influence of the social determinants of health. Social epidemiology is a branch of epidemiology that focuses on the influence of social factors on individual and population level health, and grew out of the public health tradition of examining health inequalities relating to social class. This unit examines the complexities of social patterns of health and health data needed within and between populations to explore health inequities and health inequalities. This unit will strengthen your skills to identify, critique, interpret, and translate public health findings from social epidemiology. You will learn how to identify and justify social epidemiological data related to the social determinants of health, explore specific ethical principles related to Indigenous Data Sovereignty, and to respect the rights associated with First Nations Peoples' data. You will be introduced to Knowledge Translation and Implementation Science frameworks, and consider their utility in guiding the effective dissemination of social epidemiological findings to improve health outcomes globally.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Cairns
Melbourne
Online
Sydney
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Melbourne
Online
Sydney
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Cairns
Melbourne
Online
Sydney
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Melbourne
Online
Sydney
Term 3 - 2021 Profile
Sydney

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 Postgraduate 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. Literature Review or Systematic Review 50%
2. Presentation 20%
3. Written Assessment 30%

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: Self-reflection
Feedback
Students have difficulty connecting theory to practice.
Recommendation
Use of case studies will assist students to connect theory to practice, giving them greater understanding of real problems and what social epidemiology can tell about them.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
Small group discussion has value in helping student to approach and master the material.
Recommendation
Students commented that small group discussion preceding whole class discussion of the tutorial material was helpful in understanding the concepts and examples and was also an interesting way for them to master the topics.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Distinguish social epidemiology from traditional epidemiology to understand and explain its contribution to public health practice by focusing on social determinants of health
  2. Critique and interpret routinely used data in social epidemiology and explain the strengths and limitations according to complex adaptive systems thinking in public health
  3. Identify and justify different types of social epidemiological data necessary to understand individual, community and population influences on health
  4. Justify ethical principles related to Indigenous Data Sovereignty and respecting the rights and different ways of knowing of First Nations Peoples when using, collecting, analysing and interpreting social epidemiological data
  5. Utilise social epidemiological data to advocate for health promotion, protective and disease prevention approaches to public health practice
  6. Reflect on and evaluate uses of social epidemiological data from Knowledge Translation and Implementation Science frameworks.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Literature Review or Systematic Review
2 - Presentation
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Literature Review or Systematic Review
2 - Presentation
3 - Written Assessment