School Of Health Sciences

Public Health PracticeWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 401193.2


Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 3

Credit Points: 10

Assumed Knowledge
Fundamentals of public health, determinants of health, Australian health system.

400285 Public Health

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Students must be enrolled in 4656 - Bachelor of Health Science (Public Health) or 6000 Diploma in Health Science/Bachelor of Health Science

About this Unit
This unit is an online equivalent of a workplace learning (placement) unit. You will engage in workplace activities with a public health organisation by using prepared resources, online discussion and videoconferencing. In this unit you will evaluate, develop and recommend public health policy or program change. The unit will involve the use of skills required to work in the public health arena; conducting needs analysis, collecting quantitative and qualitative data, facilitating stakeholder engagement, project development, management and evaluation, report writing and competent oral presentation skills, in an organisational setting.

Special Requirements - Legislative Pre-requisites

NOTE: Due to Covid Restrictions, the First Aid Requirement is currently not needed.

Student Compliance Information for all Health-Related Placements

Students must meet Western Sydney University course requirements as well as any special, legislated, or policy-mandated requirements.

Western Course Requirements

Visit the Special Requirements webpage for details about your course.

Special Requirements

Mandatory NSW Health student placement policy requirements

To be able to undertake placement in any NSW Health facility you must be assessed as compliant with NSW Health student placement policy in the first year of your course, regardless of when you expect to go on your first placement. Access and read the NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet.

NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet

Please ensure that you

1. Find your existing National Police Check or apply for one

2. Gather documentary evidence of your vaccination history

3. Print and compete all relevant NSW Health forms relevant to the campus you are enrolled at or online enrolment requirements

4. Follow booklet instructions on how to have your compliance documents assessed by NSW health staff.

International students have additional requirements: the link to the booklet will inform you of these requirements.

School Requirements

Contact your School for further details regarding your School’s requirements, if any, such as

  • If you live outside of NSW or Australia and need to meet your state, territory or country’s compliance requirements
  • If you need to meet different state, territory or country compliance requirements.
  • NSW Working with Children Check (WWCC) or other state equivalent, valid for your entire course.
  • Current approved first aid certificate valid for your entire course - approved course providers can be found at the Government Training website
  • Other non-health related requirements.

Student Compliance Resources are also available on the Placements Hub web page.


Special Requirements - Essential Equipment
As this unit is only offered online, students will need to have access to a computer with standard features for the full range of online activities.

4656.2Bachelor of Health ScienceCONTINUING
6000.1Diploma in Health Science/Bachelor of Health ScienceCONTINUING


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