Sustainability and Health

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Sustainability and Health

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Global Health

  • 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
    This course examines how the state of health of the population is interrelated with and dependent upon the integrity and health of the global physical, social, cultural and economic environments.
    Course Introduction
    Planetary sustainability is at the heart of contemporary public health. This course introduces students to the issue of sustainability. It has three modules that look at the global issues shaping the health of our planet, the evolution of the idea of sustainability and actions to build healthy and sustainable communties.
    Course Aims
    This course is a core course for students undertaking the Bachelor of Public Health. It introduces students to the complextities surrounding the relationship between the health of our planet and human health. Using a socio-ecological approach, students explore the connectedness between human health and population growth, development and the environment. This sets up an examination of the evolution of the concept of sustainability and contemporary strategies to create a viable future for humankind.
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1.1 Explain the relationship between population growth, development, the environment and human health
    1.2 Understand the concept of sustainability and how it has evolved
    1.3 Explain the roles and strategies of civil society, corporations and government in creating a sustainable future
    2.1 Review and apply various views concerning the relationship between human actions and the health of the planet
    2.2 Understand your personal impact on the environment and how to reduce your ecological footprint

    Assessment Task

    Weighting/Marked out of

    Assignment - Written Assignment
    Global issue review


    Assignment - Problem Solving Assignment
    Ecological footprinting


    Exam - selected and constructed responses
    End of semester exam


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.