Social and Ecosystem Health

10 Units

Understanding the social and ecosystem causes of human disease is essential for developing and implementing effective public health policies. This course draws together two important emerging areas of public health: social determinants of health inequality and the ecosystem health perspective (Ecohealth). 'Sustainable' human health depends upon healthy ecosystems. Yet ecosystems around the world are deteriorating under increasing pressure from human activity and patterns of consumption. Analysing the links between public health, ecosystems and social/cultural contexts offers guidance for addressing the dual threat to environmental and human health

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Medicine and Public Health
Availability Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 2 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 2 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)

This course provides the conceptual foundation for students to understand the dynamic interrelationship between social, cultural and ecosystem determinants of population health.

By the end of the course, students will understand and be able to analyse:

1)social and cultural factors influencing health inequalities in a population;

2)ecosystem characteristics that sustain or diminish population health; and,

3)how environmental and social factors inter-relate to determine the health of both


1) Overview: Social determinants of health 2) Critical appraisal of qualitative social research 3) Gender and Health 4) Social class 5) Indigenous Health 6) Social support, social capital, health and place 7) Overview:Eco System health and human health 8) Built environment and environmental degradation 9) Air quality,and environmental justice 10)Health effects of climate change

Replacing Course(s) Not applicable
Transition Not applicable
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge Nil
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : IT Based
Distance Learning : Paper Based
Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Email Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Major Project/Online group discussion contribution assessment
  • Presentations - Tutorial -
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for PUBH6302

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