PUBH101 - Foundations of Public Health Communications

10 cp
Prerequisites
Nil
Teaching Organisation 150 hours of focused learning

Effective communication and interpersonal skills are key skills that public health professionals must possess. This unit begins with listening, speaking, writing, and reading skills in order to develop effective presentation of ideas to others supported by appropriate software, visuals, and web-sourced information. Students will learn how to check and evaluate communicated messages. It also introduces students to skills in interpersonal and cross-cultural communication and in negotiation. This unit seeks to develop students writing skills for a range of audiences (e.g. professional or lay audiences) or format (e.g. reports, program plans and program update reports, or media releases). This will also develop students’ interpersonal skills (negotiation, team work, motivation, conflict management, decision making, and problemsolving skills) and enable them to value collaboration and interdisciplinary approaches for improving population health. Students will also learn about culturally sensitive communication with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and communities. This unit aims to develop students’ skills to communicate health-related information visually and in written and oral formats to a range of audiences.