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Environmental Challenges & Global Health (POPH90230)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2017
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePOPH90230
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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.

Intended 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

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.

Last updated: 29 March 2019