University of Melbourne Subjects
Our subjects are delivered by leaders in public health with extensive experience and depth of knowledge.
These Global Health subjects can be taken as electives by students enrolled in the Master of Public Health and other Programs at the University of Melbourne. They are also offered as professional development through the Community Access Program, either assessed or unassessed.
Comparative Health Systems
A thorough comprehension of the different institutions, structures and processes that constitute health systems globally provides a strong platform for further studies and varied career paths in population and global health.
Comparative Health Systems provides students with the analytical frameworks to explore the social and political dynamics, institutions and structures that constitute health systems globally.
Disability and Global Development
Disability inclusion has recently emerged as a priority in global development. This reflects growing global concern over extreme poverty, poor health outcomes and inequity, alongside the understanding that many health and development interventions are not reaching those most excluded or most-at-risk.
Disability and Global Development equips students to critically analyse barriers to participation in contemporary health and development practice.
Global Health and Human Rights
Global Health and Human Rights is an interdisciplinary subject that will provide a grounding for students of public health on the normative content and interpretations of the right to health (and supporting rights). The subject explores the principles and practical applications of a rights-based framework for the health needs of diverse population groups.
Health Program Design and Implementation
An increasing global focus on program effectiveness and efficiency has brought renewed attention to the role of evidence in designing and implementing health programs.
Students of Health Program Design and Implementation will engage with the discipline of implementation science, and will investigate a range of current theories and approaches to program design.
Non-Communicable Disease and Global Health
Globally, non-communicable diseases account for over two thirds of all deaths, and over half of disability adjusted life years. While non communicable diseases have sometimes been assumed to impact only on wealthy countries, they are in fact a major health and development challenge across high-low-and middle-income countries.
In Non-Communicable Disease and Global Health, students will gain a practical understanding of the epidemiology, determinants, consequences and global health responses to the non communicable disease epidemic.
Pandemic Preparedness and Response
Pandemic Preparedness and Response explores pandemic preparedness and response from a multidisciplinary perspective. Focusing on pandemic examples,students are provided with an intersectoral framework through which to appraise a range of preparedness and response efforts across diverse global contexts.
Planetary and Global Health
Improving global health in the long term requires a deep appreciation of the impact of environmental issues at local, national, and global scales. To facilitate depth of learning, this subject focuses on three key public health threats (climate change; poor sanitation and water security; and nuclear weapons) that require complex multidisciplinary solutions.
Students of Planetary and Global Health will explore these interrelated planetary challenges, their profound implications for population health, and the demand for high level integrated problem solving in the coming decades
Primary Health Care and Global Health
Primary Health Care and Global Health will cover the principles and practice of community-based PHC with particular focus on resource-poor settings, whilst also considering the broader influence of PHC across health systems.
Primary Health Care, Jamkhed, India
Primary Health Care, Jamkhed, India is a 3 week residential subject. Students will learn about the Jamkhed Model while living in the resource-poor context of central Maharashtra, India. Students engage with and critically analyse the Jamkhed approach to community health and development.