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PUBH5020: Chronic Disease Prevention

This unit provides a systems-informed approach to examining the global issue of chronic diseases. Students will examine major chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancers, chronic respiratory disease, and mental illness, and their risk factors. Global, national and sub-national chronic disease prevention strategies are critically considered. This includes weighing up evidence on the effectiveness of primordial, primary, secondary and tertiary prevention strategies at the population level, and examining the role of health policy and strategic planning in developing effective and sustainable chronic disease prevention programs in different settings (in Australia and globally). The unit also discusses systems approaches to chronic disease prevention, that is considering the complex underlying social, environmental and economic drivers of chronic disease, how these drivers interact, and applying a coordinated and multisectoral approach to preventing chronic disease.

Code PUBH5020
Academic unit Public Health
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
PUBH5033 or PUBH5010 or CEPI5100 or equivalent

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

  • LO1. critically consider the epidemiology and burden of chronic disease and their risk factors, and their assessment and surveillance
  • LO2. apply conceptual frameworks and models to identify the underlying causes of chronic disease
  • LO3. synthesise and critique global and national chronic disease prevention programs and strategies
  • LO4. develop evidence-informed solutions to address chronic disease and their risk factors