PUB HLTH 1004 - Flies, drains & Ebola: Human health & environment
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code PUB HLTH 1004 Course Flies, drains & Ebola: Human health & environment Coordinating Unit Public Health Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Course Description Do you care about the environment we live in? Are people exposed to physical hazards, chemical or biological toxins where they live or in their workplace? Why are we seeing an emergence of major infectious diseases such as Ebola and Zika virus, flu pandemics, anthrax bioterrorism, and diseases associated with climate change affecting populations worldwide? This introductory course will examine a range of environmental hazards and how these can be key determinants of health for individuals and in populations. Through a simulated outbreak investigation and case examples, students will explore infectious diseases, how they arise, are monitored and controlled. With contributions from experts, this course will equip you with the tools to be able to systematically characterise an environmental hazard and assess risks to human health at individual and global levels. Students will learn about the management of public health emergencies, including pandemic preparedness and response. Environmental health is multi-disciplinary and in this course students will be introduced to the sciences as well as taking a population health approach to understanding the issues. The disciplines of toxicology, ecology, infectious disease microbiology and public health will be applied to characterise human health risks and the application of interventions in the prevention and control of environmental health problems.
Course Coordinator: Dr Adriana Milazzo
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Describe the challenges of contemporary and emerging local, national, and global environmental health challenges 2 Describe preventive approaches for assessing and controlling environmental problems that affect the health of populations 3 Apply approaches to the prevention and control of infectious diseases 4 Describe the conceptual framework of health disaster preparedness and management 5 Understand and apply at an introductory level scientific methods to safeguard the population’s health against environmental threats
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1-5 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
2, 4, 5 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
1-5 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
N/A Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
N/A Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesThere is no set textbook for this course. All resources, including links to journal articles and reading lists, will be disseminated via MyUni.
Online LearningThe primary means of communication outside of formal contact hours will be via MyUni. Announcements and discussion boards will be the main method of communicating with the student cohort. Course material will be supported by online resources via MyUni. Material will be sequentially released in line with the teaching and learning activities in each week.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course will introduce students to the concepts and principles of environmental health sciences within a population health framework. A blended learning approach will be adopted whereby students will engage in on-line interactive modules on key concepts and principles. Students will participate in collaborative and experiential learning in class to draw on this content in order to synthesise, analyse, apply and evaluate approaches for assessing and controlling environmental threats that affect the health of populations, including emerging infectious diseases. In addition, students will hear from expert researchers and environmental health scientists and practitioners who will be invited to attend seminars and be part of an expert panel.
The course will be delivered in 3 hours of seminars per week consisting of seminars, workshops and discussion, and presentation by guest speakers. If possible, either a workplace visit illustrating occupational health hazards, or an environmental field visit addressing the prevention of infectious diseases (eg. wastewater treatment plant, waste disposal and recycling centre) will be arranged.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Contact hours: 3 hours per week plus readings, assignments and other preparation.
Learning Activities SummarySeminars and workshops will cover the following topics:
· contemporary and emerging environmental health issues
· environmental and occupational health hazards
· diseases and injuries associated with environmental hazards
· environmental toxicology
· environmental and occupational risk assessment and management
· global burden of infectious diseases
· environmental determinants of health
· surveillance of environmental health issues and infectious diseases
· infectious disease control strategies
· human-animal interactions and health implications
· infectious disease microbiology
· environmental and social impacts of climate change on human health
· disaster preparedness and management
Guest speakers from government and non-government organizations will be invited to present at the seminars and include:
· SA Health
· Local Government
· SafeWork SA
· SA State Emergency Service
· Bureau of Meteorology
· Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
· Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists
· Environmental Health Australia
In addition, an expert panel will be convened to discuss the challenges associated with emerging or contemporary environmental and infectious disease health issues.
Specific Course RequirementsStudents may undertake a field trip or a workplace visit to illustrate the hazards and preventive approaches. This will depend on availability. If the field trip is arranged it is expected that students attend, it is a mandatory requirement of the course as it is a structured learning activity. However, if for medical or genuine compassionate reasons a student is unable to attend the field visit, an alternative learning assessment will be available. The University’s standard insurance policy will cover students for these activities as they are linked to a credit bearing course.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceN/A
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Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning course objective(s) being addressed Identify an environmental health issue Summative 20% 1, 2, 3, 5 Workshop participation Summative 10% 1, 2, 3, 5 Quizzes Summative 15% 1-5 Group work (outbreak investigation) Summative 15% 1-5 The environment and global health Summative 40% 1-5
Assessment Related RequirementsNone.
Assessment DetailIdentify an environmental health issue (20%)
Students will identify an environmental health issue in a workplace/environmental field trip/on university campus or in their neighbourhood.
Workshop participation (10%)
Attendance and interaction with peers in the workshops.
Group work (15%)
Students will participate in an infectious disease outbreak investigation and will contribute to a range of activities including hypothesis generating questions, and analysis of data. Students will be provided with important information and clues in order to solve the outbreak.
Quizzes throughout the semester will aid students in monitoring their understanding of key concepts and principles for the topic areas.
The environment and global health (40%)
Identify and describe a major environmental health or infectious disease issue either in Australia or globally and prepare an assignment addressing the following:
· identify the health issue
· description of the problem, with particular emphasis on human health impacts
· background of the problem, its significance
· what is being done to reduce or eliminate the issue
· what control strategies should be implemented to protect the population/s affected
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M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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