PUBH5783 Health in an Era of Environmental Change
- 6 points
- This unit provides a regional and global perspective on health impacts from environmental disturbance. Topics include historical, current and emerging perspectives of ecological change and disease; health perspectives of threats to water and food security; health consequences of human population growth and urbanisation; global processes and health including the effects of climate change and natural disasters; ecosystem change and infectious disease ecology; and the future for Australia's environments and human communities. Lectures are supported by the intensive use of case studies and online discussions of recent national and international issues.
- Students are able to (1) describe, interpret and apply a conceptual framework in which to accurately understand and describe the interrelationship between environmental change and disturbance and human health; (2) identify and analyse available information sources which relate the human disease burden to environmental factors including the use of data from ecological monitoring and health studies; (3) employ problem-solving skills to address health and environmental change issues relevant to their own experiences and occupational contexts; (4) appraise issues and conduct critiques in order to solve problems relating to health and environmental change; and (5) predict and intervene in new environmental issues as they emerge within a regional and global context (e.g. global warming, water scarcity).
- Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) participation in online discussions; (2) a 1500- to 2000-word literature review and analysis of a health and environmental change issue; and (3) a take-home examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Professor Angus Cook
- Unit rules
- Advisable prior study:
- PUBH5749 Foundations of Public Health and/or PUBH4403 Epidemiology I
- Contact hours
- online lectures and discussions: 3 hours per week
- Unit Outline
- The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
- All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
- Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.