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TM5514 - Environmental Health

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

Public health is strongly influenced by the environment and many illnesses can be initiated, promoted, sustained or stimulated by environmental factors. Environmental health is thus concerned with assessing, understanding and controlling the impacts of an ever-increasing and resource-hungry human population on the environment and conversely, the impacts of the environment on populations. This subject thus provides frameworks for the investigation and management of environmental health problems, reviews the routes of exposure (air, water, sanitation, food and agriculture), and addresses issues pertaining to sustainable development (settlements, urbanisation, energy, industry, global concerns, Indigenous issues and emergency situations). Assessments are based on the increasing need for public health professionals to develop capacity to identify and research problems, formulate improved solutions and explain human implications to the public.

Learning Outcomes

  • analyse and evaluate environmental health issues related to public health;
  • investigate environmental impacts on human health and and propose solutions related to these issues;
  • apply a risk management framework to environmental health issues.

Subject Assessment

  • Invigilated > End of semester exam - (40%)
  • Non-Invigilated > Assignments - (40%)
  • discussion board activity - (20%).


Cairns, Study Period 1, External
Census Date 26-Mar-2020
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Sue Devine, Mr Dave Sellars.
Workload expectations:
  • 117 hours - Self-directed learning and assessment
  • 13 hours online lectures
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.