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PUBH5019: Cancer Prevention and Control

This unit introduces students to the concepts, methods and applications underpinning cancer prevention and control at the population level. It is designed to offer a broad-based perspective on public health approaches to cancer across the continuum from prevention through to screening, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship and palliative and supportive care. We will critically appraise policies and interventions that have the potential to reduce cancer incidence and mortality, prolong survival and improve quality of life. Although each topic will be presented in the context of specific cancers and the Australian health care system, the principles and frameworks will be relevant for regional and global cancer control efforts. At the completion of the unit, students will be equipped with the basic tools to design, plan, implement and evaluate cancer control strategies and programs.

Code PUBH5019
Academic unit Public Health
Credit points 6
PUBH5010 or CEPI5100

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand the principles of cancer biology, its epidemiology, causation, and management
  • LO2. describe commonly-used measures of cancer burden in the population and identify local, national, and international sources of these statistics
  • LO3. identify variations and trends in cancer burden and factors responsible for these differences, including health disparities impacting cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment
  • LO4. describe elements of effective cancer treatment and support programs
  • LO5. critically evaluate cancer control strategies, including the frameworks, organisational structures, partnerships, and other key elements and resources required.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.