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
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.
Last updated: 3 December 2021