Social and Ecosystem Health

Course code PUBH6302Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Medicine and Public Health

Understanding the social and ecosystem causes of human disease is essential for developing and implementing effective public health policies. This course draws together two important emerging areas of public health: social determinants of health inequality and the ecosystem health perspective (Ecohealth). 'Sustainable' human health depends upon healthy ecosystems. Yet ecosystems around the world are deteriorating under increasing pressure from human activity and patterns of consumption. Analysing the links between public health, ecosystems and social/cultural contexts offers guidance for addressing the dual threat to environmental and human health

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
WebLearn GradSchoolSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesThis course provides the conceptual foundation for students to understand the dynamic interrelationship between social, cultural and ecosystem determinants of population health.

By the end of the course, students will understand and be able to analyse:
1)social and cultural factors influencing health inequalities in a population;

2)ecosystem characteristics that sustain or diminish population health; and,

3)how environmental and social factors inter-relate to determine the health of both
Content1) Overview: Social determinants of health
2) Critical appraisal of qualitative social research
3) Gender and Health
4) Social class
5) Indigenous Health
6) Social support, social capital, health and place
7) Overview:Eco System health and human health
8) Built environment and environmental degradation
9) Air quality,and environmental justice
10)Health effects of climate change
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable
TransitionNot applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Distance Learning : Paper Based
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsMajor Project/Online group discussion contribution assessment
Presentations - Tutorial
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PUBH6302