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HSH112 - Local and Global Environments for Health

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Justin Lawson

Prerequisite:Desirable to have completed HBS107


Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Campus: 1 x 2 hour seminar per week

Cloud (online): Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 1 x 2 hour online seminar per week 


This unit will introduce key concepts around environmental health and will explore the relationship between the natural, built, social, economic and political environments and human health. This unit will also introduce the concepts of sustainable development, ecosystem health and environmental justice. The content of the unit will be framed within a public health and health promotion context.


This unit comprises the study of: knowledge of past, present and emergent environmental health concerns, including infectious disease, population growth, urbanisation, global warming and drought; environments for health: the positive influences of the natural/physical, built, social, economic and political environments on human health; the role of the natural/physical, built, social, economic and political environments in human health threats; an appreciation of the different space components of environmental health: individual, neighbourhood, institutional, national, regional, global and intergenerational; human impacts on the environment, including Indigenous cultures, industrialised countries, developing countries; sustainable development and environmental justice; critical reflection on the changing context of environments and health over time.


Assessment task 1: Reflective learning journals (2000 words total) 40%

Assessment task 2: Major group presentation (10 minutes) and written report (1500 words per group) 40%

Assessment task 3: Online test (30 minutes) 20%

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