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Environmental Epidemiology - PUBH5125

Year - 2020

Environmental epidemiology studies the effects of environmental exposures on health and wellbeing in the human population. We broadly define the environment as anything external to the person including the physical, social, psychological and aesthetic environment. This unit will provide students with a practical understanding of the epidemiological and statistical methods used to assess the exposure-response relationship between environmental hazards and health outcomes. Building on students' knowledge of the environment - for example air, water, soil, climate, the built environment - the unit will cover study designs and methods of exposure assessment and statistical analysis used in assessing environmental health risks. Students will gain technical skills in data analysis and visualisation including Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for mapping and statistical analysis of exposures and health outcomes using the R Statistical Software. The unit will also explore future directions in the field of Environmental epidemiology. Students will also learn about its importance in the Planetary Health framework when assessing global health risks and impacts in the context of climate change.

1x (1hr lec and 2hr tut/lab) per wk x 13 weeks

1x environmental epi study proposal (1000wd equivalent) (30%) and 6x tutorial questions (500wd equivalent each) (6x5%=30%) 1x data analysis report (2000wd equivalent)(40%)

Course notes are provided.


PUBH5010 and PUBH5217 and PUBH5121


Faculty: Medicine and Health

Semester 1

24 Feb 2020

Department/School: Public Health
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 31 Mar 2020
Unit of study level: Fifth Year
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? No
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Unit of Study coordinator: A/Professor Geoff Morgan, Mr Edward Jegasothy
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