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HBS107 - Understanding Health

Year:2020 unit information
Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 3, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of trimester.

Last updated: 5 October 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Trimester 3: Online
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Trish Taylor
Trimester 3: Trish Taylor
Trimester 2: Tricia Ong




Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

Online independent learning and 1 x 2 hour on campus seminar per week. 

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent learning and 1x2 hour online seminar per week. 


This interdisciplinary unit examines a determinants approach to health and wellbeing, including: the complex range of interactions that influence the health of individuals and populations; the determinants of selected health issues in urban and rural Australia, as well as in global contexts, and explores a range of models and approaches and their impact on health outcomes.

Topics include: The concepts of health, the social determinants of health, health systems, the biological and environmental determinants, health promotion, indigenous health, settings for health, marginalised populations and global health.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit
At the completion of this Unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Adopt a global perspective to identify and discuss the different concepts of health and how they differ across population groups.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO8: Global citizenship


Identify current population health issues and explain how the determinants of health underpin these issues.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO5: Problem solving


Demonstrate oral and written communication skills and use digital technologies to locate credible sources of information related to the social determinants of health to support ideas and arguments in individual and team work.

GLO2: Communication
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO7: Teamwork


Critically analyse how determinants of health influence government policy and are linked to population health outcome.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO4: Critical thinking


Identify the responsibilities of governments in Australia to improve population health.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

Identify individual attributes to support your career development and interpret your findings through determinants of health theory.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO6: Self-management
GLO8: Global citizenship


Trimester 1, Trimester 2 and Trimester 3:

Assessment description

Student output

Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)

Indicative due week

Assessment 1: Managing My Career Written Report

1,000 words


  • Week 5

Assessment 2: A Health Plan Written Report

1,600 words


  • Weeks 8, 9

Assessment 3: Group Oral Presentation: Health profile of an Australian Indigenous population group

10 minutes


  • Week 11 

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: HBS107 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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