PBHL20004 - Public Health Action and Evaluation

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Public Health Action and Evaluation aims to provide students with key skills to encourage communities to recognise and build on existing strengths, resources and networks that facilitate empowerment. This requires effective partnership building with key leaders, community members and organisations. This unit explores action to address disease prevention and health promotion - this is the 'what we do' in public health. Using a Critical Realism framework, you will build on your skills in public health by exploring systematic program planning incorporating assessment, implementation and evaluation. Evidence-based practice is traditionally the key driver of action in health, including public health. In this unit you will additionally explore the application of practice-based evidence acknowledging the value and richness of data that can be gathered from real-world efforts in public health. You will have opportunities to analyse and evaluate a range of public health interventions including innovative approaches such as arts-based and decolonising approaches. These will allow you to explore the ethics and practices associated with working with a range of communities, including Indigenous and marginalised groups.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA 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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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2023

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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 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. Online discussion forum 30%
2. Group Work 50%
3. Reflective Practice Assignment 20%

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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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 94.74% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 21.11% response rate.

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: Unit coordinator observation
Student engagement might be enhanced by using more relevant materials.
Unit materials be reviewed for currency, relevance, and fit with student interests. Where possible, examples/activities might be drawn from current issues in public health.
Action Taken
Recommendation actioned. Students more strongly encouraged to draw from and share their own country experiences, comparing to the Australian context.
Source: Unit coordinator reflection
(T2 2022) Separate tutorials for on-campus and offshore/ distance students
Implement separate tutorials for on-campus and (Zoom-hosted) off-shore/distance students to better support student engagement and individual support.
Action Taken
Source: Unit coordinator and lecturer reflection
(T2 2022) Assessment 2 A and B currently 2 summative assessments. While the structure of this Assessment aligns well with ULOs, the two parts of A2 mean it effectively forms four Assessments for the Unit. It is felt that Unit outcomes can be equally met (with a more proportionate expectation of student effort) through a formative approach to Assessment 2A, with feedback informing the 2B summative Assessment.
Turn Assessment 2A into a formative Assessment, with feedback informing the 2B summative Assessment.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain how complex adaptive systems thinking and Critical Realism influence project planning, implementation and evaluation
  2. Determine appropriate models of public health project management that account for influencing factors at different scales
  3. Evaluate public health actions and evaluations within First Nations Peoples' communities in regard to social and environmental determinants of health and principles of social justice, equity and equality
  4. Reflect on effective partnership development with others, including establishing relationships and collaborative learning
  5. Propose and justify a range of interventions to address a complex health issue and outline how these interventions could be evaluated.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online discussion forum
2 - Group Work
3 - Reflective Practice Assignment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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 8