Society and Health 3 - MFAC2501

Faculty: Faculty of Medicine

School: Faculty of Medicine

Course Outline:

Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Units of Credit: 10

EFTSL: 0.20833 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 15

CSS Contribution Charge: 3 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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Objectives: - By using authentic clinical and practical experiences in the community as the basis for learning, students will build upon their understanding (developed in phase 1) of the relationship between the health of an individual or population and the social and physical environment. In addition, students will develop understandings of the population health aspects of relevant illnesses and the role of other health professionals and community based services in prevention of illness and addressing the social and environmental determinants of health. Students will also extend their capabilities in communication with, and assessment of, individual patients and population groups with specific health issues. A case-based teaching methodology is employed to link acquisition of clinical and public health capabilities with the learning of mechanisms and principles underlying health and illness. Approximately 60% of available time will be spent in community based clinical environments associated with the Faculty of Medicine, in which students will encounter patients or health issues relevant to the domain themes. Typical environments and/or experiences will include sexual health and infectious disease services, services for particular population groups such as indigenous people, refugees, homeless people, community specialist services such as drug and alcohol, diabetes infectious disease, respiratory, or public health services that focus on health care based in the community and preventative approaches. Clinical experiences will be augmented by a range of tutorials, laboratory classes, and face-to-face and/or electronic resources covering aspects of public health, community medicine, pathology, infectious disease and pharmacology. Assessment will include submission of a project report, demonstrating integration/ correlation of prior and current learning with linkage to basic biomedical sciences; medical imaging and diagnostic tests; social and behavioural determinants of health, ethics; or population health issues. In addition, the student's performance during the module will be graded as satisfactory/unsatisfactory based on attendance, participation and review of cases and problems managed.
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