Foundations in Health

Course code PUBH1010Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Medicine and Public Health

This course introduces students to the complex and multi-factorial nature of health and illness. Students will better understand the relationship between health and the social determinants of health. The course will focus on the current health problem of obesity and the influencing factors of poor nutrition and physical inactivity, and explore the potential role of school teachers in addressing these issues. The course will also develop students skills in:- health database searches; understanding research articles, terminology and literature appraisal; academic writing and standards in referencing and plagiarism to prepare them for future courses of study in the program and also to equip them with skills that will enable them to become life-long learners.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn completion of this course, students should be able to:
- Describe the components of health and the concept of holistic health;
- Describe the social determinants of health and health-related behaviour;
- Describe the role of health promotion in reducing illness and improving the health status of individuals and populations;
- Describe the problem of obesity and its contribution to the burden of illness in Australia;
- Identify the determinants of obesity including the role of poor nutrition and physical inactivity;
- Describe health benefits and risks associated with poor nutrition and physical inactivity and current national dietary and physical activity guidelines relevant to Australians;
- Identify methods of measuring diet and physical activity in populations and describe current nutrition practices and physical activity participation levels;
- Describe factors (and barriers) influencing nutrition and physical activity levels;
- Apply health promotion principles and strategies for improving nutrition and levels of physical activity;
- Apply principles of behaviour change for improving nutrition and levels of physical activity;
Demonstrate a satisfactory level of competency in the following foundation skills:
- Use of library, internet and health databases to search for relevant academic literature;
- Identifying components of a research article, understanding research terminology and undertaking simple literature appraisal;
- Utilising and applying correct referencing technique to a piece of academic writing;
- Preparing an academic piece of writing which meets academic standards, particularly in relation to plagiarism issues.
ContentMajor topics will include:
- Definition of health and its components
- Social determinants of health
- Health education and health promotion in schools and the wider community
- The problem of obesity - definitions, prevalence, trends, and burden of illness
- Determinants of obesity, including poor nutrition and physical inactivity
- Health risks associated with poor nutrition and physical inactivity
- Current national Australian dietary and physical activity guidelines for children and adults
- Methods of measuring diet and physical activity in populations
- Current nutrition practices and physical activity levels in Australia
- Factors influencing nutrition and physical activity
- Strategies for improving nutrition and physical activity in populations and individuals
- Library, internet and health database search skills
- Research articles and terminology and literature appraisal
- Academic writing, referencing and plagiarism
TransitionNo transitional arrangement required as it is a second semester course in the first year of study.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Student Projects
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsMajor Written Assignment
Essays / Written AssignmentsMajor Written Assignment
Examination: FormalExamination: Formal
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentYes. This course is only available to students enrolled in the BTeach(Second)/BHlth&PhysEdu program.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PUBH1010