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

The demographic ageing of populations worldwide is accelerating, with significant implications for individuals and society. Current public health approaches have failed to adequately meet the challenges associated with population ageing, and a comprehensive global public health response is required to transform systems to better meet population needs. This course presents students with the public health framework for action on ageing and health promoted by the World Health Organisation. Students will be challenged to consider: ways in which healthy ageing can be fostered; how health care systems can be better aligned to the care of older populations; long-term care models which reflect older-person-centred care; and the creation of enabling environments. The course is underpinned by the concepts of intrinsic capacity and functional ability. Students are offered an optimistic view of population ageing, and will be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to take action to improve the health and wellbeing of older people.This course maintains an international focus and is relevant to high, middle and low income countries. Students are also encouraged to pursue their individual areas of interest through negotiated assignments relating to ageing and health.



Study Level


Offering Terms

Term 1



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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