HSM409 Evidence-based Health Care Delivery (8)

Students are introduced to the history of public health and epidemiology. They explore descriptive and analytical epidemiology, and contemporary approaches to public health including cross sectional, cohort, case control and intervention methods. Students use public health data to justify and plan a 'New public health' project to address a need in their local community. An appraisal of the public health dimensions of health management practice concludes this subject.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HSM409. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Biomedical Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Available only to postgraduate students in health related courses :

Master of Nursing (with specialisations)

Master of Health Services Management

Graduate Diploma in Health Services Management

Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management

Master of Paramedicine (with specialisations)

Master of Business Administration (with specialisations)

Master of Medical Science (with specialisations)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss the historical and policy foundations of contemporary approaches to public health, including "New Public Health", from global, national and local perspectives;
  • be able to identify sources of epidemiological information, and apply and evaluate epidemiological concepts and techniques;
  • be able to interpret epidemiological data to identify a local community public health need;
  • be able to justify, plan and evaluate a service response to a local public health need, drawing on epidemiological information; and
  • be able to critique the public health dimensions of health management practice.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Historical and policy foundations of public health and epidemiology;
  • The impact of environmental influences and preventive strategies on population health status;
  • Introduction to the foundations of epidemiology;
  • Sources of demographic information and health statistics;
  • Epidemiological measurement;
  • The application of epidemiological information to planning, delivery and evaluation of health services; and
  • Public health dimensions of health management practice.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of HSM409 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Presentation: new public health
Using epidemiological data
Applying new public health approaches locally

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.