Environmental Challenges & Global Health

Subject POPH90230 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

July, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 18-Jul-2016 to 22-Jul-2016
Assessment Period End 02-Sep-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 19-Jul-2016
Census Date 29-Jul-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 19-Aug-2016

Subject Dates: 18 - 22 July, 2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 30 hours: 5 x 6 hours days in a block
Total Time Commitment:

170 Hours





Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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Assoc Prof Grant Blashki



Melbourne School of Population and Global Health


Currently enrolled students:

Future Students:

Subject Overview:

Improving global health in the long term requires a deep appreciation of the impact of environmental issues at local, national and global scales. Three key public health threats that require complex multidisciplinary solutions are climate change, water security, and nuclear weapons. Students of this subject will explore these interrelated planetary challenges, their profound implications for population health, and the demand for high level integrated problem solving in the coming decades.

Learning Outcomes:

On the completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Critically assess the scientific principles and evidence of climate change impacts on health
  • Articulate the importance of water to health at local national and global levels
  • Analyse the health evidence and issues around nuclear energy, weapons and medical nuclear materials
  • Synthesize the inter-relationships between climate change, water security and nuclear energy, and the implications for health

  • Oral group presentation (4-5 students per group) of 20 minutes due on the last teaching day (20%);
  • A critical analysis of 1000 words of a key article due 2 weeks after the last teaching day (20%);
  • An essay of 3,000 words due six weeks after the last teaching day (60%)

Hurdle Requirement: Attendance at a minimum of 80% is required to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

Students will be issued key readings for this subject.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Upon completion of this subject, students will have developed skills in:

  • Critical thinking and analysis,
  • Finding, evaluation and using relevant information,
  • Problem-solving,
  • Written communication.

Links to further information: http://www.mspgh.unimelb.edu.au
Related Course(s): Master of Public Health
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Climate Change
Climate Change
Education and Social Change
Electives in the Master of Veterinary Public Health (Emergency Animal Disease)
Environment and Public Health
Global Health
Integrated Water Catchment Management
Public Health
Tailored Specialisation
Tailored Specialisation
Waste Management

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