Environmental Health (PUBH5111)


The unit will explore the major categories of environmental health hazards including air quality, water quality, food safety, chemical hazards (eg contaminated sites), physical hazards (eg noise and radiation), and microbiological hazards (eg Legionnaires' disease). 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 regulation and control. The disciplines of epidemiology, toxicology and ecology will be used to characterise 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 issues and the need to work closely with commonwealth and state health and environment agencies as well as other government agencies including local government.

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Mixed mode of 13 online lectures and 6 face-to-face/online case studies (13 sessions of 2 hours) . All the content for the unit can be completed online if necessary.


1x written assignment (45%), 1x quiz (40%) and case study participation (15%)


Environmental Health (Third Edition). Moeller DW. Harvard University Press; 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 Fal

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