The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook

Description

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.


Availability2020 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Online

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Discuss and analyse social and cultural factors (that form the 'causes of the causes') and influence the health inequalities in a population

2. Analyse the ecosystem characteristics that sustain or diminish population health

3. Assess and describe how environmental and social factors inter-relate to determine the health of both

4. Identify and critically appraise appropriate qualitative evidence describing the dynamic interaction of social, cultural and environmental factors

5. Critically appraise and apply the concepts of health equity, environmental justice and sustainability principles to social and environmental health

6. Design components of an equity-focused health impact assessment (EFHIA) in relation to a planned government project, program or policy and undertake desk-based steps of that assessment and communicate the findings to decision-makers


Content

  1. Social determinants of health
  2. Qualitative critical appraisal
  3. Gender and Health
  4. Social class and poverty
  5. Indigenous Health
  6. Social support, social capital
  7. Health impact assessment
  8. Eco System health and human health
  9. Built environment
  10. Air quality and environmental justice
  11. Climate change

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Assignment 1

Online Learning Activity: Online Postings

Project: Written Assessment 2 (Major Report)


Contact hours

Callaghan

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Lecture 2 hrs face to face weekly plus distance learning

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Contact hours are an indication only.

Online

Lecture

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Contact hours are an indication only.