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OLET1506: Health Challenges: Allergy and Autoimmunity

This Open Learning Environment unit of study is designed to introduce students to one of the major chronic health challenges of the 21st century, namely the increasing burden of allergies and autoimmune diseases. The unit will cover, at a basic level, what allergies and autoimmune diseases are, how they are treated, how they impact on the lives of individuals and the community, why they are becoming more common as living standards rise and what we might do to prevent them in future. Basic knowledge in high school biology is recommended for interested students. This unit of study has been developed by academics in the University's Charles Perkins Centre, an interdisciplinary education and research hub where researchers produce novel solutions to chronic disease.

Code OLET1506
Academic unit Department of Medical Sciences
Credit points 2

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Identify a range of human allergic and autoimmune conditions
  • LO2. Describe how the human immune system is influenced by the environment in which we live
  • LO3. Demonstrate analytical skills for assessing the reliability of research findings and publicly available information
  • LO4. Discuss the societal impact of past and current health practices
  • LO5. Plan a community-based health initiative