Environmental Health (PUBH5111)


The unit will explore the major categories of environmental health hazards including air quality, water quality, chemical hazards (eg soils and contaminated sites), physical hazards (eg noise and radiation), microbiological hazards (eg Legionnaires' disease) and food safety. Regional and global issues of sustainability, climate change and land use planning will also be covered. The unit aims to develop an understanding of environmental health hazard identification and risk assessment, as well as the principles of hazard control. The disciplines of epidemiology, toxicology and ecology will be applied within a risk assessment framework to characterise health risks associated with environmental hazards and determine risk management options and risk communication strategies. Students completing this unit will appreciate the multi-disciplinary nature of environmental health hazards, the application of a risk assessment framework to characterise environmental health risks, and the need to work closely with a broad range of stakeholders including commonwealth and state health and environment agencies, local government, industry and the community.

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Mixed mode of 13 lectures (13 sessions of approximately 2 hours each) offered online, and 6 case studies (6 sessions of 2 hours each) offered face-to-face and online (choice of one or the other). All the content for the unit can be completed online if required.


1x written assignment (50%), 1x quiz (20%) and 6 x case study participation and quiz (6 x 5% = 30%)


Environmental Health (Fourth Edition). Moeller DW. Harvard University Press, 2011;
Basic Environmental Health. Yassi, A et al. Oxford University Press, 2001;
Environmental Health in Australia and New Zealand. Edited by Nancy Cromar, Scott Cameron and Howard Fallowfield, Oxford University Press, 2004.

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