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 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand and analyse social and cultural factors influencing health inequalities in a population;
  2. Understand and analyse ecosystem characteristics that sustain or diminish population health
  3. Understand and analyse how environmental and social factors inter-relate to determine the health of both
  4. Identify and critically appraise appropriate qualitative evidence describing the dynamic interaction of social, cultural and environmental factors producing health in a specific locality;
  5. Understand and relate concepts of health equity, environmental justice and sustainability principles to environmental health, including climate change;
  6. Design components of an equity-focused health impact assessment in relation to a planned government project, program or policy and undertake initial steps of that assessment.
  7. Organise, format and communicate health impact findings to decision-makers
  1. Overview: Social determinants of health
  2. Critical appraisal of qualitative social research
  3. Gender and Health
  4. Social class and poverty
  5. Indigenous Health
  6. Social support, social capital.
  7. Eco System health and human health
  8. Built environment and environmental degradation
  9. Air quality,and environmental justice
  10. Health effects of climate change
Assessment Items
  • Written Assignment: Assignment 1: Qualitative research
  • Online Learning Activity: Assignment 2: Blackboard discussion (x4)
  • Project: Assignment 3: Health impact assessment project

Contact Hours

Callaghan and Online


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture 2 hrs face to face weekly plus distance learning

Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for PUBH6302
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