PUBH5743 Environmental and Occupational Health

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit provides students with an understanding of how environmental and occupational exposures may affect human health. Exposures include biological, chemical and physical exposures resulting from anthropogenic changes to the environment, as well as biological, chemical and physical exposures experienced in the workplace. The unit covers methods for assessing health effects and for managing the risks. Topics include environmental and occupational hazards, impact of environmental and occupational hazards on human health (including health effects over different stages of life), methods for assessing health effects (including environmental and occupational epidemiology, exposure assessment and toxicology), and environmental and occupational health management (including environmental and occupational health policies and regulations, health risk assessment and environmental health practice)
Students are able to (1) understand the different environments (air, land, water, food, workplace and the built environment) and the hazards in these environments; (2) understand the human health effects associated with environmental and occupational hazards and the relevance of exposure at different stages of life (windows of susceptibility); (3) understand the methods for assessing the health effects of environmental and occupational exposures, and the strengths and limitations of the different methods; and (4) understand how environmental and occupational health risks are assessed and managed at the local, national and international level.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial Presentation; (2) major assignment; and (3) end-of-year examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Peter Franklin
Unit rules
Advisable prior study:
PUBH4403 Epidemiology I
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1.5 hour per week for 10 weeks
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