PUBH5783 Health in an Era of Environmental Change

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 2OnlineOnline flexible 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit is asynchronous delivery, with NO requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
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) 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. 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
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