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PUBH6002 Global and Environmental Health Issues

PUBH6002 Global and Environmental Health Issues

A. Understand the concept of environmental factors influencing

health, and the relevance to public health from the global to

the local levels.

B. Describe key agencies, institutional structures, political

processes, influences on and challenges for environmental


D. Understand the way in which globalisation and the social,

economic and political determinants of health influence

disease, including identification of vulnerable groups.

E. Understand the concept of sustainable development.

F. Identify and critique ethical elements relevant to

environmental health protections, policies, and industry

practices, from global to local scale.

G. Critically analyse the relationships between

environmental risk factors and social, economic and

political determinants of illness and injury from global

to local scale.


Choose a specific geographic region and one of the following environmental health issues: 

Water (safe drinking water or ambient/environmental water) Sanitation (wastewater control)


Air quality (indoor or outdoor) Solid waste management

 Hazardous/toxic substances Noise


Disasters Food safety


Traffic accidents


Vector-borne disease Climate and geography

 Housing and the built environment 

Please address the following: 

Part 1: 

Using the WHO (1999) DPSEEA framework: http://www.who.int/wssd/resources/indicators/en/ - Chapter 7

 describe the driving forces, pressures, state changes, exposures and effects relevant to your chosen region and environmental health issue.

 Are there any social, political or economic influences on the issue that aren’t captured by the DPSEEA framework? 

Part 2: 

How is the environmental health issue currently being managed? What is the role of existing health agencies and other agencies, key stakeholders including community groups, critical infrastructure and legislative and regulatory measures at the federal and state level?


What suggestions do you propose to address gaps in current policy, regulation and management for this environmental health issue?

Assignments will be assessed in terms of the extent to which students demonstrate: 

Knowledge and understanding of evidence-based approaches to environmental risk assessment and management (25%) 

Critical analysis (30% in total) 

o    Critical analysis of the driving forces (economic, social, political, institutional, developmental) behind the environmental determinants (10%)


o   Critical analysis of the impact of the environmental risk upon the geographic population (10%)

 o    Critical analysis of the impact of the environmental risk upon equity issues (10%) Analysis of evidence to recommend changes in current policy, regulation and management


General Assessment Criteria (20%)


o   Provides a lucid introduction

o   Shows a sophisticated understanding of the key issues


o   Shows ability to interpret relevant information and literature in relation to chosen topic


o    Demonstrates a capacity to explain and apply relevant concepts o Shows evidence of reading beyond the required readings


o Justifies any conclusions reached with well-formed arguments and not merely assertions


Provides a conclusion or summary

Correctly uses academic writing, presentation and grammar:


          Complies with academic standards of legibility, referencing and bibliographical details (including reference list)


          Writes clearly, with accurate spelling and grammar as well as proper sentence and paragraph construction

          Uses appropriate APA style for citing and referencing research



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