HSH112 - Local and Global Environments for Health


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125




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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

Online independent and collaborative learning activities and 1 x 2 hour scheduled face-to-face seminar per week.

Scheduled learning activities - 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 relationships between the natural, built, social, economic, political and digital 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, as well as the socio-ecological determinants of health framework.

This unit comprises the study of: knowledge of past, present and emergent environmental health concerns, including infectious disease, biological and chemical exposures, population growth, urbanisation, climate change, consumption and waste; 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.

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