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Ecological Public Health PG (10054.2)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 2 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Public Health


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There is awakening understanding that we live amidst a global environmental and ecological emergency, unprecedented in human experience. This unfolding change to the Earth system is primarily a human responsibility, magnified by technology and our capacity to alter ecosystems in ways intended to maximise human benefit. However, these activities are inadvertently but inexorably driving the environment and ecology towards thresholds, beyond which lie irreversible shifts in environmental states. Far less understood, however, societies interact with these environmental and ecological changes in ways that gravely endanger global public health.

Graduates in ecological public health will grapple with these complex, interacting issues, and be able to act in ways that transform the wider public health discipline to better understand these risks, opportunities and solutions, and thus help catalyse even wider social transformation.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of what is meant by ecological public health, recognising its substantial overlap with contemporary public health;

2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the key concepts, including the significant historical events that have shaped the evolution of environmental, ecological and social determinants of health;

3. Apply an integrated understanding of the key interactions (often two-way) between environmental, ecological and social health determinants to contemporary public health challenges;

4. Apply complex systems thinking, including of thresholds (tipping points) to contemporary public health problems; and

5. Present a coherent and sustained argument of barriers and enablers that affect the evolution and incorporation of ecological principles and understanding within wider public health and society.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Up to 10 hours online per week.





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