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Environmental health is an integral aspect of the health of a community. Risks to environmental health include pollution, unsafe foods, and infectious diseases, and many of these risks are increasing as a result of growing populations globally, and the effects of climate change. This course provides the foundation for students to understand environmental health.
Environmental health is an integral aspect of the health of a community. Risks to environmental health include pollution, unsafe foods, and infectious diseases, and many of these risks are increasing as a result of growing populations globally, and the effects of climate change. This course provides the foundation for students to understand environmental health.HLTH403 is a post-graduate course in environmental health offered in the second semester and aimed at students of public health.This is a 30-point (0.25 EFT or Equivalent Full Time) course. This means if you are enrolled in this course, you are expected to spend 20 hours per week, or on an average 4 hours per day reading and researching about Environmental Health. We have three assignments for you to show your competence and mastery of the topics. This course is also a required course of study if you are enrolled in MHealSc at the School of Health Sciences and have opted for an endorsement in Environmental Health.We cover three concepts in this course:● Environmental Epidemiology, the “basic science” of Environmental Health● Toxicology, to understand the biological basis of how environmental and health aspects are interconnected● Environmental Health Risk Assessment, the procedure that brings together the concepts of Environmental Epidemiology and Toxicology together
Students who successfully complete this course will:● Demonstrate mastery of their knowledge and skills to investigate and address health problems that have origins in the physical, chemical, and social environments (LO1)● Critically appraise a range of literature on Environmental conditions as source of illnesses and burden of disease (LO2)● Design studies to address environmental health related problems (LO3)● Demonstrate understanding of the larger community based issues related to Environmental sources of illness (LO4)
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
Engaged with the community
Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
All classes are held at Manawa HREF HP307 and HP308 Rooms. These classrooms are located at 176, St Asaph Street. For more information, see the timetable and follow this link: https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/maps/home?q=Manawa%2520HREF%2520HP307&z=13&c=-43.5520270677423%2C172.5832621894399The course is taught in three blocks of two days each. The classes are held between 9 AM - 3:30 PM on the following dates:1. First block first day: 22nd July, 2020, Wednesday2. First block second day: 23rd July, 2020, Thursday3. Second block first day: 26th August, 2020, Wednesday4. Second block, second day: 27th August, 2020, Thursday5. Third block, first day: 23rd September, 2020, Wednesday6. Third block, second day: 24th September, 2020, ThursdayThe lecture schedule is as follows:● Block 1, 22nd July, HP 307○ 9 AM - 10 AM: Introduction to the course and logistics○ 10 AM - 12 Noon: What are Epidemiology, Toxicology, EHRA?○ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM: Case study in Environmental Health○ 2:00 - 3:30 PM: Guided discussions on Environmental Health● 23rd July, HP 307○ 9 AM - 3:30 PM: Environmental Epidemiology (Hands on)● Block 2, 26th August, HP 307○ 9 AM - 3:30 PM: Enviromental Health Risk Assessment● Block 2, 27th August HP 307○ 9 AM - 1:00 PM: Hands on exercise on Environmental Health Risk Assessment○ 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM: Toxicology part I (Professor Ian Shaw)● Block 3, 23rd September HP 308○ 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM: Toxicology part II (Professor Ian Shaw)● Block 3, 24th September HP 308○ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Case studies in Environmental Health in Canterbury○ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM: Case study in Environmental Health, part II○ 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM: Closing
Domestic fee $2,193.00
International Postgraduate fees
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
School of Health Sciences.