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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. To facilitate depth of learning, this subject focuses on three key public health threats that require complex multidisciplinary solutions, which are: climate change; poor sanitation and 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. Students will become familiar with and critique relevant policies and international agreements pertaining to environmental health. Students will also learn to identify complex systems and barriers implicated in processes of responding to environmental challenges on global, national and local scales. This subject involves interactive sessions and is facilitated by internationally recognised experts in this field.
Intended learning outcomes
- Appraise how human activities impact on planetary health, emphasising scientific principles and evidence regarding the impacts of climate change, nuclear energy, and water and sanitation on health;
- Communicate global environmental health challenges and public health solutions to a variety of audiences;
- Apply the conceptual framework of planetary health to identify challenges and develop solutions to contemporary environmental health issues;
- Analyse the influence of health sector, government, business and media in developing and implementing solutions to environmental challenges;
- Evaluate environmental health research and global environmental agreements, to demonstrate a critical understanding of how they inform environmental health programs and policy making.
Upon completion of this subject, students will have developed skills in:
- Critical thinking and analysis,
- Finding, evaluation and using relevant information,
- Written communication.
Last updated: 18 December 2020