The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This course covers the epidemiology and pathophysiology of important existing and emerging or re-emerging diseases, examining the causal factors, any underlying mechanisms and current and future treatments.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Describe the pathophysiology of key chronic diseases and discuss the efficacy of traditional and new/proposed treatment methods.

2. Understand the physiological or biochemical mechanisms which are thought to underlie the development of these key diseases.

3. Critically evaluate the rationale for new and emerging treatments for a disease.

4. Understand, summarise and interpret published literature on the epidemiology, pathophysiology or treatment of disease.

5. Demonstrate the ability to collaborate within a research team and present findings effectively.


1. Chronic disease as a result of environmental and infectious agents.

2. Chronic disease as a result of a dysfunctional immune system.

3. Chronic disease as a result of genetic disorders.

4. Chronic disease as a result of metabolic disorders.

Assumed knowledge

HUBS2203, HUBS2505, HUBS2601, HUBS3602

Assessment items

Report: Group Assignment

Written Assignment: Individual Assignment

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 14 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks