Environmental Influences on Health

Subject POPH90022 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Either a one 2-hour lecture or one 1-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: In addition students are expected to undertake at least 8 hours per week in further reading, preparation for tutorials and undertaking written assignments and examination preparation.

Students are strongly advised to have completed 505-102 Epidemiology or equivalent

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: None


Professor Malcolm Sim, Monash University
Victorian Consortium of Public Health


Academic Programs Office
Melbourne School of Population Health
Tel: +61 3 8344 9339
Fax: +61 3 8344 0824
Email: sph-gradinfo@unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview: To give students an understanding of the principles and techniques of hazard identification and risk assessment, risk management, and risk communication; and to illustrate these principles by providing examples of how chemical, physical and biological factors in our environment may influence health.

Objectives: At the end of this subject, students should be able to:
  • nominate the important hazards and risks to health from the environment in Australia;
  • demonstrate fluency with the terminology used to describe chemical, physical and microbiological hazards;
  • relate methods to identify common hazards and nominate measures of risk from these hazards;
  • nominate common interventions used to control environmental risks and the key personal, social and economic factors that inhibit controls or lessen their impact; and
  • effectively and sensitively communicate information and principles about environmental hazards and risks.

A minor assignment (30%), a major assignment (40%), plus a multiple choice question examination (30%)

Prescribed Texts:

Cromar N et al. Environmental Health in Australia and New Zealand. Oxford University Press 2004.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: -
Links to further information: http://www.sph.unimelb.edu.au
Notes: This subject is a Master of Public Health Consortium subject.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Health Program Evaluation
International Health
Primary Care
Sexual Health
Social Health
Women's Health

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