Environmental epidemiology studies the effects of environmental exposures on health and wellbeing in the human population. We broadly define the environment as anything external to the person including the physical, social, psychological and aesthetic environment. This unit will provide students with a practical understanding of the epidemiological and statistical methods used to assess the exposure-response relationship between environmental hazards and health outcomes. Building on students' knowledge of the environment - for example air, water, soil, climate, the built environment - the unit will cover study designs and methods of exposure assessment and statistical analysis used in assessing environmental health risks. Students will gain technical skills in data analysis and visualisation including Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for mapping and statistical analysis of exposures and health outcomes using the R Statistical Software. The unit will also explore future directions in the field of Environmental epidemiology. Students will also learn about its importance in the Planetary Health framework when assessing global health risks and impacts in the context of climate change.
1x (1hr lec and 2hr tut/lab) per wk x 13 weeks
1x environmental epi study proposal (1000wd equivalent) (30%) and 6x tutorial questions (500wd equivalent each) (6x5%=30%) 1x data analysis report (2000wd equivalent)(40%)
Course notes are provided.
PUBH5010 and PUBH5217 and PUBH5121