Health Challenges for the 21st Century
Gold Coast, Australia
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
This Foundation Year course takes a multi-disciplinary and integrated approach to examine population health in the 21st century. Using a socio-ecological perspective, the course will take a systems approach (i.e. from prevention through to treatment) to introduce students to the environmental, social and behavioural determinants of health and disease. The course will link these determinants with global and national priority health challenges of the 21st century together with the implications for effective health care practice.
Health Challenges in the 21st Century introduces students to the environmental, social and behavioural determinants of health and disease, how these determinants link with priority health challenges of the 21st century together with the implications for effective health care practice.
The course enables students to gain a basic understanding of the broader determinants of population health and how these link with health priorities of the 21st century together with the implications for effective health care practice.
After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
1 Describe priority global and national health and disease challenges
2 Explain the social and environmental determinants of health
3 Link the determinants of health with disease patterns, in particular, health inequalities between and within population groups
4 Explain how the social and environmental determinants of health shape an individual's health
5 Understand the roles of various health care practitioners in integrative health care
6 Describe the roles, responsibilities, practices and expertise of effective members of your own profession and members of other major health professions
7 Demonstrate foundational research, analytical and academic writing skills.
Assignment - Written Assignment - Environment and global health challenges 20%/100
Exam - constructed response - Social determinants of health: case study 25%/100
Test or quiz - Interprofessional learning 15%/15
Exam - selected and constructed responses - End of Semester Exam 40%/40
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.