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HSH112 - Local and Global Environments for Health

Unit details

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Enrolment modes:(B)
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:M Townsend (B)
Prerequisite:Desirable to have completed HBS107


Online teaching methods require internet access. Please refer to the most current computer specifications.


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.



Reflective learning journal (1500 words) 30%; two brief group presentations and written reports (500 words each) 2 x 10%, one major group presentation (20-30 minutes) and written report (1500 words per group) 50%

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