Introduction to Environmental Health

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Environmental Health

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Global Health, Health Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    The course will introduce students to the concepts, theories and practice of environmental health. It will do so within the context of the practice of environmental health officers and how they conceive of and carry out their duties to promote and ensure safety to the health of individuals and the community. In doing so, the course will review the place of environmental health within a public health paradigm that seeks to promote sustainable development principles and practices. Students will hear from practitioners in the field about the potential and constraints of their roles, to develop an understanding of how environmental health officers maintain public health and promote community safety.
    Course Introduction
    The course content has been designed to develop students' knowledge of environmental health problems and the environmental health professional's role in managing them.
    The course will cover a range of topics and include discussion of what is environmental health; determinants of health and the linkages between health and the environment; principles of health promotion and sustainable development; public health governance; infection processes and communicable disease control; public health risk; notifiable and vaccine preventable diseases; food hygiene; disaster management; environmental protection; waste management; and career development. The course will also include field trips to discuss environmental health with environmental health professionals.
    Course Aims
    This course aims to develop a broad understanding of environmental health, its concepts and practice through an exploration of the nature of environmental health, the links between environment and health, environmental health issues confronting society and the environmental health profession; and encouraging students to develop their understanding of the role and attributes of environmental health practitioners.
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 Describe the nature and scope of contemporary environmental health issues.
    2 Explain key public health, environmental health and sustainable development principles.
    3 Describe how environmental health skills, knowledge and values can be utilised to protect population health at the local and global level.
    4 Analyse current environment and health issues using selected frameworks for linking environment and health
    5 Illustrate how interdisciplinary approaches can be used to address environmental health issues.

    Assessment Task

    Weighting/Marked out of

    Assignment - Written Assignment
    DPSEEA framework


    Assignment - Written Assignment
    Career Development Assignment


    Assignment - Written Assignment
    Learning and reflection tasks


    Presentation - technical or professional
    Report and Oral Presentation


Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.