PUBH204 - Public Health Economics and Policy
Prerequisites: PUBH100 Foundations of Public Health, PUBH102 Foundations of Health Promotion, PUBH103 Epidemiology
Teaching Organisation: 150 hours of focused learning
The World Health Organization (WHO) recognises the importance of social and economic factors in determining population health, and understanding these factors requires knowledge of economics and social policy. This unit builds on students’ understanding of the social determinants of health by exploring key concepts in economics and their relevance to population health. The unit will demonstrate the important relationships between economic systems and theories, social policy processes and programs and public health outcomes and interventions. By the end of the unit, students will have deepened their understanding of social determinants of health by recognising the importance of economic systems and related social policy, and be able to apply this to issues in public health practice. The specific impact of economic systems on indigenous populations will be considered. The overall aim of this unit is to equip students with the knowledge and skills to critically evaluate the impact of both economic policy and systems on individual and population health, particularly in relation to disadvantaged and marginalised communities.