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PUBH733 Environment and Health

An introduction to the relationship between human wellbeing and environmental sustainability in New Zealand and globally. Sustainability frameworks, environmental health determinants and environmental relationships to health inequalities are integrated throughout.

The quality of our physical living environment is fundamental to human survival and quality of life. Human habitats have changed radically over time, and the built environment now dominates. At the same time, humans have been changing global ecosystems in unprecedented ways, with far-reaching implications for public health. This paper provides an introduction to the links between human habitats, environmental sustainability and human well-being. It furnishes students with theoretical and methodological knowledge; skills for undertaking integrative research and decision making; and tools for communicating with a variety of audiences. Links with Māori well-being, as well as links with health and social inequalities, are integrated throughout.

Paper title Environment and Health
Paper code PUBH733
Subject Public Health
EFTS 0.1250
Points 15 points
Teaching period(s) 1st Non standard period (27 February 2017 - 14 April 2017), 1st Non standard period (27 February 2017 - 14 April 2017), 1st Non standard period (27 February 2017 - 14 April 2017)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,346.38
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,562.50

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Restriction
PUBH 703
Limited to
MA, MHealSc, MPH, MSc, DPH, PGDipArts, PGDipHealSc, PGDipPHC, PGCertPH, PGCertPHC
Notes
(i) PGCertPHC and PGDipPHC students require approval from the Board of Studies in Primary Health Care to enrol for this paper. (ii) This paper runs for the first half of first semester.
Eligibility
Students who have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline or recognised equivalent
Contact
Wellington Campus: publichealth.uow@otago.ac.nz
Christchurch Campus: publichealth.uoc@otago.ac.nz
Dunedin Campus: postgrad.publichealthdunedin@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Wellington Campus: Dr Paul Blaschke
Christchurch Campus: Dr Cheryl Brunton
Dunedin Campus: Dr Alex Macmillan (Overall Convenor)
Paper Structure
Topics:
  1. Introduction to environmental health; ecosystem health frameworks
  2. Policy and regulatory frameworks for environmental health and sustainability
  3. Methods for integrating health, equity and sustainability
  4. Communicating science and effecting environmental health change
  5. Cities, transport and housing; afternoon, half-day, local field trip
  6. Energy systems and human well-being; climate change
Assessment:
  • Assignment 1 - 40%
  • Assignment 2 - 40%
  • Two in-class assessments - 10% each
Teaching Arrangements
Wednesday mornings 9.00 am - 12.30 pm
Full day (date to be confirmed) 9.00 am - 4.00 pm
Textbooks
Required text: Frumkin, H (ed), Environmental Health. From Global to Local. 2nd edition. John Wiley & Sons, 2010
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to
  • Apply a range of theoretical, research and practice tools to analyse the environmental determinants of public health, including for Māori well-being and health inequities
  • Assess the optimal public health responses to important current environmental health and sustainability issues
  • Take action on the environmental determinants of health, from a public health perspective, within the global and national legislative structures governing environmental sustainability and resource management

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Timetable

1st Non standard period (27 February 2017 - 14 April 2017)

Location
Christchurch
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Moodle

1st Non standard period (27 February 2017 - 14 April 2017)

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Moodle

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Wednesday 09:00-12:50 9-12, 14

Workshop

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
W1 Wednesday 09:00-11:50 13
Wednesday 13:00-16:50 13

1st Non standard period (27 February 2017 - 14 April 2017)

Location
Wellington
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Moodle

An introduction to the relationship between human wellbeing and environmental sustainability in New Zealand and globally. Sustainability frameworks, environmental health determinants and environmental relationships to health inequalities are integrated throughout.

The quality of our physical living environment is fundamental to human survival and quality of life. Human habitats have changed radically over time, and the built environment now dominates. At the same time, humans have been changing global ecosystems in unprecedented ways, with far-reaching implications for public health. This paper provides an introduction to the links between human habitats, environmental sustainability and human well-being. It introduces students to theoretical and methodological knowledge; skills for undertaking integrative research and decision making; and tools for communicating with a variety of audiences. Links with M?üori well-being, as well as links with health and social inequalities, are integrated throughout.

Paper title Environment and Health
Paper code PUBH733
Subject Public Health
EFTS 0.1250
Points 15 points
Teaching period(s) 1st Non standard period (26 February 2018 - 13 April 2018), 1st Non standard period (26 February 2018 - 13 April 2018), 1st Non standard period (26 February 2018 - 13 April 2018)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,373.25
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,745.00

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Restriction
PUBH 703
Limited to
MA, MHealSc, MPH, MSc, DPH, PGDipArts, PGDipHealSc, PGDipPHC, PGCertPH, PGCertPHC
Notes
(i) PGCertPHC and PGDipPHC students require approval from the Board of Studies in Primary Health Care to enrol for this paper. (ii) This paper runs for the first half of first semester. (iii) Please note that from 2019, this paper will be offered in the second half of the first semester.
Eligibility
Students who have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline or recognised equivalent.
Contact
Wellington Campus: publichealth.uow@otago.ac.nz
Christchurch Campus: publichealth.uoc@otago.ac.nz
Dunedin Campus: postgrad.publichealthdunedin@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Wellington Campus: Dr Caroline Shaw
Christchurch Campus: Dr Cheryl Brunton
Dunedin Campus: Dr Alex Macmillan (Overall Convenor)
Paper Structure
Topics:
  1. Introduction to environmental health; ecosystem health frameworks
  2. Policy and regulatory frameworks for environmental health and sustainability
  3. Methods for integrating health, equity and sustainability
  4. Communicating science and effecting environmental health change
  5. Cities, transport and housing; local field trip
  6. Energy systems and human well-being; climate change
Assessment:
  • Assignment 1 - 40%
  • Assignment 2 - 40%
  • Two in-class assessments - 10% each
Teaching Arrangements
Wednesday mornings 9am - 12:30pm
Full day (date to be confirmed) 9am - 4pm
Textbooks
Required text: Frumkin, H (ed), Environmental Health. From Global to Local. John Wiley and Sons.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to
  • Apply a range of theoretical, research and practice tools to analyse the environmental determinants of public health, including for MÄori well-being and health inequities
  • Assess the optimal public health responses to important current environmental health and sustainability issues
  • Take action on the environmental determinants of health, from a public health perspective, within the global and national legislative structures governing environmental sustainability and resource management

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Timetable

1st Non standard period (26 February 2018 - 13 April 2018)

Location
Christchurch
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Moodle

1st Non standard period (26 February 2018 - 13 April 2018)

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Moodle

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Wednesday 09:00-12:50 9-12, 14

Workshop

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
W1 Wednesday 09:00-11:50 13
Wednesday 13:00-16:50 13

1st Non standard period (26 February 2018 - 13 April 2018)

Location
Wellington
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Moodle