Environment Society and Health
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On completion of this course students should be able to achieve the following learning outcomes:
- Compare the concepts of the health of individuals and the health of populations.
- Describe the health status of the Australian population and how population health is measured and monitored.
- Explain the relationship between the socioeconomic and environmental determinants of health in Australia.
- Compare and contrast intervention strategies aimed at improving population health.
- Apply a systems approach to understanding and addressing the impact of climate change on the health of populations.
- Population health
- Public health
- Communicable and non-communicable diseases
- Mental health, Indigenous health and health services
- Vulnerable populations
- Climate change and environmental degradation and their impact on health
- The development and implementation of programs to protect and promote health
- The Sustainable Development Goals
In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
No additional requirements
This course provides an introduction to public health and understanding the health of populations. It examines how public health approaches have evolved to tackle changing threats to population health. Topics covered include: the development of public health over the last two centuries, definitions and models of health, changing patterns of health, the measurement and monitoring of health, understanding public health data, the importance of the early years of life, communicable and non-communicable diseases, mental health, Indigenous health and health services, vulnerable populations, climate change and environmental degradation and their impact on health, the development and implementation of programs to protect and promote health, the Sustainable Development Goals, and the application of systems theory to public health issues. The focus will be on Australia but examples from overseas will be used to highlight and compare issues in the global context. Two cases studies will focus on Australian public health success stories and the Australian bush fires during the summer of 2019/20.
Presentation (25%) Written Submission (50%) Written Submission (25%)
- Written Submission (25%)
- Oral and Slide Presentation (25%)
- Written Submission (50%)