Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2OnlineOnline flexible

Students are able to (1) interpret conceptual frameworks on the interrelationship between environmental change and human health; (2) analyse reliable information on how human health and disease is directly or indirectly affected by environmental factors.; (3) apply the principles of health and environmental change to different regional and global contexts; (4) critique strategies to address major regional and global problems involving health and environmental change.; and (5) explain how new environmental issues and challenges may emerge and impact on future societies (e.g. climate change; emerging infectious diseases/pandemics; water scarcity)..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (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.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Angus Cook
Contact hours
online lectures and discussions: 3 hours per week
  • 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.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.