PUBH632 - Public Health Law and Policy

10 cp
Prerequisites Nil
Teaching Organisation 150 hours of focused learning.

If public health embodies the organised effort of society to protect and promote health, then public health law and policy is fundamental to achieving that organised effort. This unit enables students to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to use law and policy to improve public health. After being introduced to fundamental legal concepts, students will examine key areas of public health law relating to health protection, practitioners, systems and services, as well as specific issues or situations that pose a risk to health. Students will also consider policy development, implementation and analysis, and the role of politics, interests, evidence and economics in shaping policy. Students will then apply their knowledge and understanding to the process of law reform and policy change, with emphasis on public health advocacy for improving law and policy and thus improving public health and wellbeing.