PUBH5743 Environmental and Occupational Health

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Online timetabled 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
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) debate options for managing an environmental or occupational health issue; (2) identify the human health effects, both negative and positive, associated with environmental and occupational hazards.; (3) describe the tools used to assess the effects of environmental and occupational hazards, and the strengths and limitations of these tools; (4) analyse the social and political implications, and perceptions, of environmental and occupational health problems.; (5) explain the key concepts of both environmental and occupational health; (6) explain the concept of 'sensitive' or 'susceptible' populations and why they are considered to be more vulnerable to environmental and occupational exposures.; (7) outline different management strategies for minimising risks and promoting health.; and (8) identify the uncertainties in the evidence supporting the health effects associated with an environmental or occupational problem..
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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