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MMHU6909 - Risk and Health: Communication, Policy
Faculty of Medicine (Sydney Medical School) - 6 credit points
HECS Band three
EFTSL: 0.125000000
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Department: Medicine
Offered session(s): 2
Department permission required for enrolment in the following session(s): 2
Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Claire Hooker

Classes: 1x2day intensive plus online learning and assessment

Assessment: 1x3000 wd essay (40%), 1x1500 wd essay (30%) and participation and report (30%)

This single semester unit of study examines connections between risk communication and health policy around a variety of health risk issues. The unit offers a combination of a two-day face-to-face intensive study of psychological and sociological approaches to understanding health risks, and of policy processes in health risk controversies. The central focus will be on communicating with patients and the public as risk events unfold, and on interaction and impacts of policy choices and risk communication. The two day intensive will be followed by a series of online problem based learning and assessment tasks, in which the skills and concepts of risk communication and policy development will be applied to real case examples. Exemplar will include controversies over: immunization, hormone replacement therapy, air and water quality, siting telecommunications towers, cancer clusters and responses to epidemic outbreaksStudents request permission from the unit of study coordinator to enrol in this unit. The coordinator emails the Postgraduate Student Administration Unit advice that the student has permission to enrol.
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