- Code POPH8318
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Population Health
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Population Health
- Areas of interest Climate, Public Health, Epidemiology, Environmental Science
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Aparna Lal
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
First Semester 2020
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This course examines the fundamental concepts in environmental health, health needs assessment, and environmental risk assessment and management. This will include a range of environmental risks, including water and food quality, sanitation, air quality, occupational health, environmental toxicology and the built environment. This course will also examine the pathways through which climate change is likely to influence human health. These include the likely health effects of rising ambient temperatures, shifting patterns of vector-borne and food-borne diseases, physical and mental health risks of extreme weather events, potential food and water insecurity, occupational health risks, and the likely impacts of climate change on health equity, vulnerability and resilience.
This course will provide an introduction to research methodologies used to examine the relationships between environment and health, and examine the determinants and management of health protection. The emphasis will be on understanding the literature linking environment to health, the assessment of health risks and benefits associated with environmental factors, and the evaluation of frameworks designed to protect public health, including the risks and benefits associated with current and future climate change.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Describe environmental risks to health
- Define the key steps of environmental health risk assessment and identify the sources of uncertainty at each step
- Explain the direct and indirect pathways through which environmental change can impact population health
- Critically evaluate an environmental health topic of global importance
- Online quiz (multiple choice and short answers) (40) [LO 1,2,3]
- Essay (1,500 words written assessment) (30) [LO 3,4]
- Peer Teaching through 8 minute presentations (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Attendance and participation (either in-person or online) over 13 weeks. Each week will consist of 3 contact hours each week during the first semester 2020, with an expectation of 6-7 hours per week of additional, self-directed work, including course readings and assignments
Throughout the course, the emphasis will be on understanding the relationship between environmental risks and human health, interpreting published works in the area and synthesising and analysing the strength of the evidence.
Lectures and small group group discussions will be used to facilitate learning and provide opportunities to explore specific topics in more detail.
McMichael, Anthony J., Rosalie E. Woodruff, and Simon Hales. "Climate change and human health: present and future risks." The Lancet 367.9513 (2006): 859-869.
Butler, Colin D., Carlos F. Corvalan, and Hillel S. Koren. "Human health, well-being, and global ecological scenarios." Ecosystems 8.2 (2005): 153-162.
This course is designed for public health professionals and post graduate students from a range of disciplines seeking to gain skills and expertise in the fields of environmental health and climate change, specifically as they relate to health and strategies to optimise health outcomes.
Basic epidemiological knowledge and biostatistics skills would be helpful but not essential.
Recommended courses (not prerequisites):
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