PUBH300 - Legal and Policy Frameworks to Promote Health
Prerequisites PUBH100 Foundations of Public Health plus 30 cp from Core Public Health Units
Teaching Organisation 150 hours of focused learning.
This unit examines the legal and policy frameworks designed to promote and protect health. Students will be introduced to foundational concepts in law and policy, and how these constructs influence health. Key legislative frameworks relating to health promotion and protection will then be considered (e.g. infectious disease control, environmental law), with an emphasis on interpretation and application of these legislative frameworks. Students will then consider the role of policy in improving population health. Emphasis will be placed on policy development, implementation, impact, analysis and reform, with special reference to the role of politics, stakeholder interests, evidence and economics in policy-making. The unit will conclude with students examining the law-/policy-making process from an advocacy perspective, where students will explore how public health practitioners can participate and influence this process to produce improve policy (and thus population health) outcomes.