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Health Policy (POPH90206)

Find the subject in the Handbook here. Schedule: March (Dual Delivery)

Subject Description

This subject examines government-led decisions that shape health objectives at regional and national levels, encompassing health services, programs, regulations, organizations, societal factors, culture, and the environment. It explores health policy's nature, policy instruments, and the policy-making process, including agenda setting and influencing frameworks. The role of evidence in policy formation, considering effectiveness, efficiency, and equity, is a key focus. Students will learn about policy analysis, considering legal, political, managerial, sociological, ethical, epidemiological, and economic perspectives in various health policy contexts, both in Australia and internationally.

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• Essay due at the beginning of the 4th week of teaching - 2,000 words (40%)

Essay due during the University's examination period - 3,000 words (60%)

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06 thg 12, 2023

I don't want to dissuade people from taking this subject with a low rating because I can see the value of the content for some people. However I personally did not engage with the material very well - perhaps it was the teaching format that was mostly self-learning off videos and readings, or maybe it was just the heaviness of the content itself. The assignments were interesting but suffer from lack of direction, as do the content a bit? @leaf_ey


27 thg 9, 2022

I enjoyed this subject and found it quite interesting and applicable. Some of the lectures were slightly dry and there were definitely some dense readings. I did find the weekly seminars good and it was nice to be able to actually interact with other students in person. It is also a 6 week intensive which is important to keep in mind.

I really appreciated how flexible both assignments were in terms of topics to focus on. You can choose something that you are really interested in. I feel like I will definitely be taking what I learned in this course forward with me in other MPH subjects/my career.


11 thg 9, 2022

A little bit dry and technical, as expected. I'm not sure I really took much away from this subject, but I learnt a lot in writing my final assignment (3,000 words) and doing all the research myself. Is sometimes a bit hard to get a good mark in - very hit and miss.

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