This course examines the key principles, ethics and theories of effective health communication for positive health change in individuals and communities. Students will learn to develop and critically analyse health-related messages and research, engage with culturally diverse audiences, and consider social, biological and environmental determinants in health communication.
250.205 Principles and Practice of Epidemiology15 credits
The course provides an introduction to epidemiology; the study of the distribution and determinants of human health.
This course provides an exploration of concepts and tools from Systems Thinking for the purpose of understanding issues across the health sciences and to identify systemic solutions. Students will gain an understanding of how to: define complex systems; examine complex system behaviour over time; identify key leverage points to create change; and inform decision making within complex systems.
250.303 Systems Thinking and Design for Health15 credits
An analysis of ideas and methods from both systems thinking and design for the purpose of understanding health issues in order to create good health experiences for people.
Strategies for assessing and promoting the health of populations are examined and local, national and international responses to health issues explored.
250.701 Quantitative Methods in Public Health30 credits
The course provides advanced training in the selection and application of quantitative methods in public health. Topics will include: the analysis of national, regional and local health data systems, coding of disease and injury, survey design and analysis, sampling and questionnaire development, critical evaluation of statistic literature, bivariate and multivariate methods for analysing continuous and discrete public health data, and privacy and ethical considerations in the storage and analysis of health data. The course will involve using the software packages such as SAS and Stata as well as online statistical analysis software.
An exploration of both soft and hard systems thinking approaches applied to the analytics and evaluation processes. Students will use systems thinking ideas and tools for critical thinking in problem definition, issue analysis, decision making and action.
This course examines the primary factors that influence the effective communication and adoption of positive health behaviours by individuals and communities. Students will review: micro and macro-level theories of health communication; audience engagement and persuasion; the impact of evolving public attitudes to health knowledge; innovative methods for health communication.
250.740 Evidence-Based Practice for the Health Sciences30 credits
Evidence based practice (EBP) is an approach to problem solving and service provision based on the integration of "best evidence" with expert opinion and client/consumer perspectives. This course will teach EBP skills that will enable students to conduct robust evaluations of existing literature to improve their professional practice. It focuses on the skills needed to critically evaluate information available from research findings, professional consensus statements and other sources of information, as well as communicating the results.
Professional practice within the subject area that may be conducted individually or in groups and assessment of the outcome of the investigation may be in a variety of ways including written and oral presentations and case studies.