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Unit Code: PBH803

Unit Name: Pacific Public Health

Description: Public Health is the science and the art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting physical health and efficiency through organized community efforts for the sanitation of the environment, the control of community infections, the education of the individual in principles of personal hygiene, the organisation of medical and nursing services for the early diagnosis and preventative treatment of disease, and the development of social machinery which will ensure to every individual in the community a standard of living adequate for the maintenance of health. This course has been designed to enable health professionals and public health advocates to demonstrate the principles and practices of public health, integrate evidence-based programs and activities in all health settings. It is also a Pacific-centric course that encompasses the core functions of public health - assessment, policy advocacy and assurance. The course will provide an overview of the global principles and concepts of public health as well.

Learning Target Outcomes: On successful completion of this course, the students will be able to : 1. Provide an understanding of the evolution of the principles of public health, primary health care and health promotion. 2. Analyze and explain data and information to identify Risk Factors in Public Health. 3. Demonstrate an understanding of the social, environmental, climate, physical, psychosocial and other determinants of health. 4. Explain knowledge of select traditional practices that enhance health of populations, in different settings. 5. Design and apply key strategies for health emergencies and re-emerging public health concerns in the Pacific.

Prerequisite: Minimum Entry Requirement.

Prerequisite Sentence: N/A

Credit Point: 20

Offered In: 1,2