Overview

In this unit, students will examine the relationship between pathogens, hosts and the environment and the various public health and environmental systems for preventing and controlling the transmission of communicable diseases.

Requisites

Teaching Periods
Location
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date
Semester 2
Location
Hawthorn
Start and end dates
29-July-2024
27-October-2024
Last self-enrolment date
11-August-2024
Census date
31-August-2024
Last withdraw without fail date
13-September-2024
Results released date
03-December-2024

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Examine the role of immunisation in managing communicable diseases from the Australian and global perspectives
  • Interpret how host-pathogen interactions and environmental factors influence the transmission of communicable diseases
  • Critique the role of public health disease surveillance and epidemiological techniques in the investigation of communicable disease outbreaks
  • Differentiate the public health and environmental systems for preventing and controlling communicable diseases in Australia
  • Categorise the major emergence factors that contribute to the spread of new communicable diseases

Teaching methods

Hawthorn

Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
Lecture
2.00 12 weeks 24
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
Tutorial
1.00 12 weeks 12
Specified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Various
2.00 12 weeks 24
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
7.50 12 weeks 90
TOTAL150

Assessment

Type Task Weighting ULO's
Assignment 1Individual 25% 3,4 
Assignment 2Individual 35% 2,4,5 
Mid-Semester TestIndividual 40% 1,2 

Content

  • The immune system
  • Vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases
  • Immunisation requirements and procedures in Australia
  • Social determinants of health and vaccination
  • Principles of epidemiology and outbreak investigation
  • Communicable disease surveillance
  • Public health legislation and notifiable diseases
  • Principles of infection control in skin penetration premises
  • Emerging communicable diseases

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.