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Unit Code: HPM701

Unit Name: Healthy Public Policy

Description: Healthy public policy is a fundamental component of education in public health and a key action area for health promotion. By studying healthy policy the health professional is able to comprehend the historical developments in the provision of health and health services, the role health services play in government’s overall social services provision and what society is able to do to address individual, family, community health needs. The course also includes the study of formal health policy formulation, implementation and analysis as well as the key skills required to drive the policy process; advocacy and leadership.

Learning Target Outcomes: On successful completion of this course, the students will be able to : 1. Critically analyze issues, including ethical considerations, political agendas, feasibility and support for policy formulation and development. 2. Critically review the association between diseases prevention, heath promotion and healthy public policy and the history of public health policy development 3. Identify the role of stakeholders, the media, advocacy and leadership in policy development. 4. Describe key theories and models of policy, steps in policy development and the role of enforcement/legislation. 5. Describe and review existing health policies within the Pacific Island context. 6. Apply knowledge to develop a policy brief to address a selected health issue.

Prerequisite: HPM601

Prerequisite Sentence: N/A

Credit Point: 15

Offered In: Semester 1