Contemporary Health Issues


Course Description

  • Course Name

    Contemporary Health Issues

  • Host University


  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Health Administration, Health and Exercise Science, Health Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This subject explores and examines a range of contemporary health issues that exist in Australian society. It focuses on a social view of public health to deepen knowledge and understanding of the fundamental health principles and explore a range of health models. The social determinants of health are examined to highlight the limitations of medical approaches and introduce the social model of health. Knowledge and understanding of lifestyle, sedentariness, and sexual and mental health issues are critically analysed by examining the range of physical, social and cultural determinants that impact on health and wellbeing. The subject enables students to identify and discuss preferred solutions to contemporary issues in health and wellbeing, and provides an overview of the links between behavioural risk factors, illness and mortality as well as between health behaviours, disease prevention and wellness.
    Subject objectives
    Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
    A. Analyse factors that impact health and wellbeing including individual behaviour, environmental and social factors across the lifespan
    B. Demonstrate knowledge of current issues and research pertaining to the health and wellbeing of Australians including: mental health; sexual health; relationships; nutrition and healthy food habits; drug education; road safety; and risk-taking behaviours
    C. Critically examine the key issues regarding harm minimisation strategies and at-risk adolescents
    D. Apply population-level guidelines to promote optimal physical activity for health and wellbeing
    E. Articulate a contemporary view of physical activity catering for the needs of young people including gender, sexuality and culture
    F. Clarify and justify contemporary Australian health issues with consideration to evidence-based research
    G. Critically analyse the social determinants that impact on the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians
    This subject also contributes specifically to the following graduate attributes:
    Lead, manage and inspire within the fields of sport, exercise and health; (1.0)
    Take personal, social and ethical responsibility for their contribution to sport, exercise and health; (2.0)
    Competently apply knowledge and skills within the sport, exercise and health professions; (3.0)
    Engage in research and critical thinking to integrate diverse knowledge and develop creative, effective and evidence-based solutions; (4.0)
    Adapt to diverse industry contexts to enable optimal and sustainable sport, exercise and health outcomes; (5.0)
    Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with diverse populations to enable positive change; (6.0)
    Graduates have professional cultural competency which contributes to the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, inclusive of physical, social, emotional and spiritual wellness (7.0)
    The broad structure of the health system in Australia
    Australian physical activity guidelines
    Health principles and the current health status of Australians
    The health and wellbeing of young people
    Physical activity and obesity issues in Australia
    Sedentary behaviour as a risk factor for lifestyle diseases
    Nutrition and body image
    Mental health and resilience
    Suicide prevention strategies
    Risk behaviours and harm minimization: drugs and driving
    Road traumas and harm minimization strategies
    Relationships and sexual health
    Indigenous health
    Creating safe spaces: child protection
    Global health issues
    Predictive and personalised health care
    Assessment task 1: Media resource folder
    This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):
    A, B, E and F
    This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):
    3.0 and 4.0
    Type: Report
    Groupwork: Individual
    Weight: 30%
    Assessment task 2: Discussion facilitation or role play
    This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):
    A, B and F
    This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):
    1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 and 6.0
    Type: Presentation
    Groupwork: Group, group and individually assessed
    Weight: 30%
    Assessment task 3: Final examination
    This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):
    A, B, C, D, E, F and G
    This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):
    1.0, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0, 6.0 and 7.0
    Type: Examination
    Groupwork: Individual
    Weight: 40%

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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.