Epidemiology & Environmental Health

Course code OHSE3620Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

The course is only offered externally in Singapore.
Introduces students to epidemiology as a way in which new knowledge in EOHS is gained, and provides the tools by which the EOHS literature can be critically evaluated. Explores the relationship between the environment and human disease and looks at specific environmental pollutants and health.

Available in 2015

UoN SingaporeTrimester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesBy the end of the course students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the environment and human health;
2. Apply a knowledge of epidemiology to the review of routine environmental and occupational health data relating exposures to health outcomes;
3. Describe the various environments that can influence human health (eg, indoor and outdoor air, food, water.)
4. Discuss the basic steps in health risk assessment as it applies to the environment;
5. Appraise critically the environmental and occupational health literature;
6. Apply these skills and knowledge to case studies on the prevention and management of environmental health problems.
Content- Introduction to research; hypotheses, hypothesis testing; what is epidemiology?
- Health indicators; available statistics on morbidity and mortality; age standardisation; time trends;
- Logic of cause; risk and hazard; relative and attributable risk; odds ratio;
- Overview of research strategies;
- Bias; surveillance and monitoring;
- The survey; longitudinal studies; historical and concurrent; case-control studies;
- Critical appraisal process;
- Epidemic investigation.
- Environmental factors and human health - global warming and climate changes, clean air, water, soil; population and land use;
- Food and water borne diseases.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNA
Modes of DeliveryExternal Mode
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssignment 1:
Epidemiology task (relates to objective 2)
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssignment 2:
Critical review of literature (relates to objective 5
Other: (please specify)Examination: 2 hours (relates to objective 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6)
Contact HoursLecture: for 39 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Environmental & Occupational Health and Safety program.
Compulsory Program ComponentSuccessful completion of ENVS2620 .
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for OHSE3620