PUBH5783 Health in an Era of Environmental Change

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1OnlineOnline
Semester 2OnlineOnline
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).
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.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Angus Cook
Contact hours
online lectures and discussions: 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
Semester 1_2019_ONLINE [SEM-1_2019_ONLINE]
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  • 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.
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