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Environment and Public Health

MajorYear: 2018

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Overview

Environment and Public Health is offered as a major field of study in the Master of Environment degree.

At this time in history it is hard to imagine a topic more important than the impacts of the environment on human health. The very life support systems of clean air, fresh water, a safe climate, food security and biodiversity are under stress.

The Environment and Public Health stream is designed to ensure students are preparing for a career in the intersection between health and the environment. Recent years have seen new roles emerging that focus on policy, advocacy, research, and environmental management in relation to health and environment. This stream helps prepare students for these key roles.

Study in this field will provide you with the tools used in environmental health practice, and by public health practitioners. These include surveillance, monitoring, observation, analysis, and selected techniques in biostatistics, epidemiology and health economics. Other skills we develop are more specific to environmental health or environmental studies, such as environmental, social and health impact assessment and qualitative and quantitative analysis.

This stream is a specialist companion program to the Master of Environment and Public Health which is offered at the University of Melbourne.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who complete the Master of Environment will have:

  • Knowledge to undertake professional practice in environment or sustainability, including:
    • Specialised knowledge in an environmental discipline or field of practice, including knowledge of recent developments in this field
    • Knowledge of the cross-disciplinary nature of environmental issues and professional practice to promote sustainable futures
    • Knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to specialist field of environmental inquiry
  • Skills for collaborative and creative problem solving in environmental practice, including:
    • Ability to critically analyse and synthesise environmental knowledge
    • Ability to envision environmental change and propose pathways to realise this change
    • Ability to communicate complex environmental knowledge and research effectively to a range of audiences
    • Ability to work effectively in cross-disciplinary teams
    • Technical skills for professional practice and research in field of specialisation
  • Demonstrated capacity to:
    • Exercise well developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner in an environmental discipline or professional field
    • Plan and execute a substantial project in an area of environmental research or practice

Upon successful completion of the Environment and Public Health specialisation, students will be able to:

  • Analyse, assess and monitor the impacts of environments on public health;
  • Propose strategies for creating and maintaining environments that promote good public health; and

Collaborate with professionals across disciplines and sectors to identify and manage environmental health problems.

Structure

Students will be required to complete the two core subjects, plus two compulsory specialisation subjects Students in the 200 point pathway must also take at least 12.5 points of subjects from the compulsory capstone subjects – these subjects enable students to complete an independent project related to professional practices in environment and public health. Students in the 100 point pathway will not normally be required to complete this component. Students must also undertake electives to make up the balance of the award. The selection of electives is made in consultation with the Environment and Public Health major coordinator. More information about this stream can be found here:

http://environment.unimelb.edu.au/study/specialisations/environment-and-public-health

Subject Options

Core subjects

Students must take the following core subjects:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
MULT90004 Sustainability Governance and Leadership
March
July
12.5
MULT90005 Interdisciplinarity and the Environment
March
Semester 2
12.5

Compulsory Specialisation Subjects

Students must take the following compulsory specialisation subjects:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
POPH90014 Epidemiology 1
Semester 1
12.5
POPH90217 Foundations of Public Health
February
12.5
POPH90230 Environmental Challenges & Global Health
July
12.5

Compulsory Capstone Experience

Students must complete at least 12.5 points from the following compulsory capstone subjects - please note that if you select either a 25 or 50 point research project that spreads across two semesters you must enrol into the Part 1 and Part 2 subjects over consecutive semesters. Students completing the 100 point pathway will normally be exempt from this requirement.

Code Name Study period Credit Points
ENST90006 Environmental Research Review (12.5)
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
ENST90007 Environmental Research Project (25)
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
ENST90016 Environmental Research Project (50)
Semester 1
Semester 2
50
ENST90025 Environmental Industry Research (25)
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
ENST90020 Environmental Industry Research (50)
Semester 1
Semester 2
50
DEVT90002 Internship in Development
January
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
DEVT90008 International Internship in Development
January
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
GEOG90022 International Internship in Environment
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
AGRI90076 Industry Internship
Summer Term
Semester 2
12.5
ENST90035 Environmental Research Project - 25 Pt1
February
July
12.5
ENST90036 Environmental Research Project - 25 Pt2
January
July
12.5
ENST90037 Environmental Research Project - 50 Pt1
February
July
25
ENST90038 Environmental Research Project - 50 Pt2
January
July
25
ENST90039 Environmental Industry Research - 25 Pt1
February
July
12.5
ENST90040 Environmental Industry Research - 25 Pt2
January
July
12.5
ENST90041 Environmental Industry Research - 50 Pt1
February
July
25
ENST90042 Environmental Industry Research - 50 Pt2
January
July
25

Elective Subjects

Students should make up the balance of the award with electives. Subjects in the list below are recommended. Other subjects may be taken with the approval of stream coordinator.

Code Name Study period Credit Points
POPH90013 Biostatistics
Semester 1
12.5
GEOG90021 Conservation and Cultural Environments Not available in 2018 12.5
CHEM90007 Environmental Chemistry
Semester 1
12.5
ENST90002 Social Impact Assessment and Evaluation
Semester 2
12.5
EVSC90014 Environmental Risk Assessment
October
12.5
EVSC90015 Environmental Impact Assessment
Semester 1
12.5
LAWS70068 Environmental Law
September
12.5
POPH90020 Health Promotion
March
12.5
POPH90058 Health Program Evaluation 1
Semester 1
12.5
POPH90066 Women and Global Health
September
12.5
POPH90071
POPH90086 International Child Health
October
12.5
POPH90087 International Adolescent Health Not available in 2018 12.5
POPH90088 Disability and International Development
September
12.5
POPH90090 Health Program Evaluation 2
Semester 2
12.5
POPH90093 Economic Evaluation 1
Semester 2
12.5
POPH90112 Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Semester 1
12.5
POPH90131 Primary Health Care and Global Health
August
12.5
POPH90137 Primary Health Care, Jamkhed, India
November
12.5
POPH90144 Linear & Logistic Regression
July
12.5
POPH90145 Survival Analysis & Regression for Rates
September
12.5
POPH90189 Health Program Design & Implementation
February
12.5
POPH90190 HIV and AIDS:An Evolving Global Response
August
12.5
POPH90191 Practice of Public Health Leadership
September
12.5
POPH90200 Principles of Social Research Design
February
12.5
POPH90201 Community-Based Participatory Research
Semester 1
12.5
POPH90205 Health Inequalities
Semester 2
12.5
POPH90206 Health Policy
March
12.5
POPH90209 Comparative Health Systems
July
12.5
POPH90227 Public Health in Practice
Semester 1
12.5
POPH90229 Health Economics 2
Semester 2
12.5
POPH90230 Environmental Challenges & Global Health
July
12.5
POPH90231 Qualitative Research in Public Health
Semester 2
12.5
ENST90019 Consumerism and the Growth Economy
Semester 2
12.5
POPH90238
HORT90011 Therapeutic Landscapes
June
12.5
ABPL90022 Healthy Communities
Semester 2
12.5
FOOD90027
POPH90242 Epidemiology 2
August
12.5
POPH90243 Epidemiology 3
March
12.5
FOOD90024
FOOD90026
POPH90218 Public Health Leadership and Management
March
12.5
POPH90069 Sexual and Reproductive Health
Semester 2
12.5
POPH90094 Health Economics 1
Semester 1
12.5
DEVT90002 Internship in Development
January
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
DEVT90008 International Internship in Development
January
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
ENST70001 Environmental Research Proj (50 Long)
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
ENST70002 Environmental Industry Research: 50 Long
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
ENST90006 Environmental Research Review (12.5)
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
ENST90007 Environmental Research Project (25)
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
ENST90016 Environmental Research Project (50)
Semester 1
Semester 2
50
ENST90020 Environmental Industry Research (50)
Semester 1
Semester 2
50
ENST90024 Environmental Research Project - 25 Long
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
ENST90025 Environmental Industry Research (25)
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
ENST90026 Environmental Industry Research: 25 Long
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
GEOG90022 International Internship in Environment
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
AGRI90076 Industry Internship
Summer Term
Semester 2
12.5
LING90002 Presenting Academic Discourse
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
POPH90232

Notes

Other subjects may be approved at the discretion of the coordinator.

Last updated: 10 November 2018