School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Prevention and Management of Chronic Disease (PHCM9129)

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With the rising burden of chronic illness, the prevention and management of chronic disease is a critical priority for health systems around the world. This course provides participants with an overview of prevention and management of chronic disease in community settings as it is delivered in Australia and overseas. It provides a framework for approaching the subject based on components of the Chronic Care Model developed by Wagner and others and promoted by the World Health Organization (WHO). There are opportunities for reflecting on how this operates in a variety of settings and countries. Participants learn practical skills in analysing and evaluating approaches to chronic disease in a variety of settings, and identifying capacities and opportunities for change.

Credit points

This course is an elective course in the Master of Health Management and Master of Public Health programs comprising six units of credit towards the total required for completion of the study program.

Mode of study

This course is offered in two modes: 1) either face-to-face classes on-campus for Internal students, and 2) fully online for Distance External students.

Course aim

The aim of this course is to enable you to understand the principles and practices of chronic disease prevention and management in the community. The course focuses on application in the Australian health system but also considers applications in other settings.

Course Outcomes
This course will enable you to:
  • Describe and critically evaluate the chronic care model and other theories underpinning our current approach to chronic disease prevention and management in the context of its application in Australia and globally.
  • Analyse the impact and challenge of chronic disease within health care systems from the perspective of different stakeholders in Australia and globally.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of primary health care programs and strategies to prevent and manage chronic disease.
  • Appraise innovations to address these issues and analyse translation of innovations into the health system.
Learning and teaching rationale

Our educational approach in this course is to actively involve students in analysing and reflecting on how care is organised and delivered in the community. This is achieved by ensuring that there are plenty of opportunities for discussion and opportunities for students themselves to present their own experiences and thoughts in small group discussions and presentations. We encourage a critical approach, both to what is presented in classes and to comparisons of the performance of primary health in different countries and states.

The course provides opportunities to further develop your analytic and evaluative skills and to work on projects related to your own workplaces or experience. Students are encouraged to relate what they have learnt to their own experience in the assignments and group discussions. The course will also be related to active areas of research including our own research in the prevention and management of chronic illness. This will include opportunities for guest presentations by other researchers and academics as a stimulus for discussion.


Assessment Task 1 - Online forum
Weighting: 50%

Assessment Task 2 - Critical review of an innovation in chronic disease prevention or management in the community
Weighting: 50%
Length: 2000 words

Readings and resources
  • Course notes and readings (posted in Moodle)
  • Lectures slides (posted in Moodle)
  • Videos and podcast interviews (posted on Moodle)