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 Māori well-being, as well as links with health and social inequalities, are integrated throughout.
|Paper title||Environment and Health|
|Points||15 points 15 points 15 points|
|Teaching period(s)||1st Non standard period (20 April 2020 - 5 June 2020), 1st Non standard period (20 April 2020 - 5 June 2020), 1st Non standard period (20 April 2020 - 5 June 2020)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,428.75|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$5,181.50|
- PUBH 703
- Limited to
- MA, MHealSc, MPH, MSc, DPH, PGDipArts, PGDipHealSc, PGDipPHC, PGCertPH, PGCertPHC
- (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.
- Students who have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline or recognised equivalent.
- More information link
- View more information on postgraduate studies in Public Health
- Teaching staff
- Wellington Campus: Dr Caroline Shaw
Christchurch Campus: Dr Cheryl Brunton
Dunedin Campus: Dr Alex Macmillan (Overall Convenor)
- Paper Structure
- Introduction to environmental health; ecosystem health frameworks
- Policy and regulatory frameworks for environmental health and sustainability
- Methods for integrating health, equity and sustainability
- Communicating science and effecting environmental health change
- Cities, transport and housing; local field trip
- Energy systems and human well-being; climate change
- Assignment 1 - 40%
- Assignment 2 - 40%
- Two in-class assessments - 10% each
- Teaching Arrangements
Wednesday mornings, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm, plus
One full-day field trip in May (date to be confirmed)
- 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 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