This course aims to describe the interrelation between our environment and human populations, local communities and individuals and the health risks of environmental hazards. The unit will explore the major categories of environmental health hazards including air quality, water quality, chemical hazards (eg soils and contaminated sites), physical hazards (eg noise and radiation), microbiological hazards (eg Legionnaires' disease) and food safety. Regional and global issues of sustainability, climate change and land use planning will also be covered. The disciplines of epidemiology, toxicology and ecology will be applied within a risk assessment framework. Students completing this unit will appreciate: the multi-disciplinary nature of environmental health; the application of a risk assessment framework to characterise health risks due to environmental hazards, determine risk management options, and inform risk communication strategies; the need to work closely with a broad range of stakeholders including commonwealth and state health, environment and planning agencies, local government, industry, researchers and the community.
Face-to-face students: 13x1hr lectures plus 6x2hr tutorials. Online students: 13x1hr lectures plus 6x2hr tutorials (conducted over 36 hours)
1x3000wd essay (60%) and tutorial reports equivalent to 1x1500wd report (30%), plus 10 x quizzes (10%)
Recommended: Environmental Health: From Global to Local, 3rd Edition. Frumkin H. Wiley, 2016. Environmental Health (Fourth Edition). Moeller DW. Harvard University Press, 2011.