Subject Code and Title PUBH6000: Social, Behavioural and Cultural Factors in Public Health
Assessment Assessment 2 Option 1: Report – Gender, Depression and Levels of Intervention
Learning Outcomes This assessment addresses the following learning outcomes:
1. Analyse the impact of social, environmental and behavioural factors on the health of different populations
2. Analyse population health outcomes and the major social, economic, political and cultural forces that contribute to health inequalities
3. Analyse health outcomes in specific populations
4. Apply theoretical frameworks to develop effective health promotion interventions
Due Sunday following the end of Week 11 at 11:55pm AEST/AEDT*
*Please Note: This time is Sydney time (AEST or AEDT). Please convert to your own time zone (e.g. Adelaide = 11:25pm).
PUBH6000 Assessment 2 Option 1 Page 1 of 4
According to the 2010 Global Burden of Disease study, depression is now the second leading cause of disease burden (as cited in Ferrari et al., 2013), whilst WHO (2012) declares depression to be the leading cause of disability worldwide. There is a distinct pattern along gender lines when it comes to prevalence rates of depression: unipolar depression is twice as common in women (WHO, n.d.).
Depression has been linked to the experience of discrimination (Belle & Doucet, 2003), violence (Pico-Alfonso et al., 2006; Ludermir et al., 2010) and human rights abuses.
To prepare for this assignment, choose a population group in Australia.
Then, in 1500 words, address the following, being sure to include a rationale that justifies your response:
• Review and present evidence relating to levels of depression for this population group.
• Explain how these patterns of depression among this group are socially determined. Refer to issues of gender and human rights in your explanation. (Refer to: http://www.who.int/gender-equityrights/understanding/gender-definition/en/)
• Propose a health promotion intervention to address depression and promote positive mental health for this population group. Consider a social-ecological model to explain the effects of potential prevention strategies.
PUBH6000 Assessment 2 Option 1 Page 2 of 4
1. Knowledge (20%)
a. Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of assessment brief focus
b. Shows evidence of reading beyond the required readings
c. Shows a sophisticated understanding of the key issues
2. Synthesis (20%)
a. Shows ability to synthesise and analyse relevant information and literature to the topic
b. Demonstrates expert use of credible and relevant research sources to support and develop arguments and position statements
3. Conceptual (20%)
a. Shows ability to interpret relevant information and concepts in relation to chosen topic
b. Demonstrates a capacity to explain and apply relevant concepts
4. General Assessment Criteria (20%)
a. Addresses assessment questions
b. Provides a lucid introduction and population definition
c. Justifies any conclusions reached with well-formed arguments and not merely assertions d. Provides a conclusion or summary
5. Academic writing, presentation and grammar (20%)
a. Complies with academic standards of legibility, referencing and bibliographical details (including reference list)
b. Writes clearly, with accurate spelling and grammar as well as proper sentence and paragraph construction
c. Appropriately and consistently applied citing and referencing conventions
d. Falls within an acceptable Originality score match (Plagiarism Score)
PUBH6000 Assessment 2 Option 1
Fail 2 Fail 1 Pass Credit Distinction High Distinction
Unacceptable 0 Poor 1 Functional 2 Proficient 3 Advanced
4 Exceptional 5