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This course is offered in two modes: either face to face (on-campus) and fully online.

This course is concerned with the policy process, and how it can be used in the advancement of public health. It focuses on how issues become matters of policy concern, how participants (and which ones) engage in policy activity, and on the organizational locations and relationships through which policy is developed and has its impact. Particular attention is given to the relationship between research, other forms of evidence, and policy and practice. Participants will be invited to describe and examine their own experience of policy and policy-making, and through assignment work on a particular policy question, will develop skills in policy analysis and understandings which will help them to navigate the policy environments in which they operate. The course is suitable for both Australian and international students.

Study Level


Offering Terms

Term 2



Delivery Mode

Fully online

Indicative contact hours


Conditions for Enrolment

Prerequisite: Students who are not enrolled in a postgraduate program in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine will need to provide approval from their program authority and the approval of the course convenor to

Course Outline

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Pre-2019 Handbook Editions

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