Health Social Science I

Course code PUBH6220Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Medicine and Public Health

An introduction to health social science and behaviour change emphasising questionnaire design and evaluation.
Enrolment in this course precludes enrolment in PUBH6230 and PUBH6250.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesOn completion, students are able to:
1. Conceptualise disease causation as a complex web of factors which interact with one another and which are biological, psychological and social in origin;
2. Apply social psychological theories (e.g., Triandis, Becker, Fishbein) to identify the
determinants of health and risk behaviour;
3. Distinguish between 'emic' and 'etic' research orientations, and use open-ended
interviewing techniques to elicit emic items
related to attitudes predicting health-related
4. Develop and pilot test an original
questionnaire to measure intention to perform a specific health or risk behaviour;
5. Use a statistical package to analyse the
psychometric properties of the original questionnaire and write up the results using a scientific report format;
6. Improve the use of research results through understanding the importance for utilisation of the interpersonal and political contexts in which research in conducted;
7. Perform an eight stage health social science critical appraisal of a clinical research protocol.
ContentTeaching modules follow a logical progression from examining sociocultural determinants of disease and risk behaviour, and the use of qualitative and quantitative techniques to design attitude measures, to planning interventions appropriate for community and clinical cultures and active dissemination of research findings.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Distance Learning : Paper Based
External Mode
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments2 Major Assignments
Contact HoursEmail Discussion Group: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term