This course aims to describe the interrelation between our environment and human populations, local communities and individuals and the potential impact on health of environmental hazards. 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 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 inform risk communication strategies. Students completing this unit will appreciate the multi-disciplinary nature of environmental health, the application of a risk assessment framework to characterise environmental health risks and inform risk management and risk communication, and the need to work closely with a broad range of stakeholders including commonwealth and state health, environment and planning agencies, local government, industry, researchers and the community.
f2f 13x1hr lec, 6x2hr tut online 13x1hr lec, 6x2hr tut (conducted over 36 hours)
f2f and online student complete 1x3000wd essay (60%) and tutorial reports equivalent to 1x1500wd report (30%) 10xquizzes (10%)
Recommended: Environmental Health: From Global to Local, 3rd Edition. Frumkin H. Wiley, 2016. Environmental Health (Fourth Edition). Moeller DW. Harvard University Press, 2011.