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MPH2045 - Environmental health risk assessment and management

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Professor B Priestley


Alfred Hospital Second semester 2008 (Day)
Alfred Hospital Second semester 2008 (Off-campus)


Australian (enHealth) framework for health risk assessment (HRA); comparison with international HRA approaches; hazard identification, dose-response, exposure assessment, risk characterization; examples of environmental HRA relating to air, water, soil and food; risk assessment of occupational hazards and control measures; chemical sensitivity.


On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Nominate the important hazards and risks to health from the environment in Australia.
  2. Access available information about these hazards, which are useful in the (Health Risk Assessment) HRA process.
  3. Critically appraise published epidemiological articles related to environmental health risks.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the methods used to identify common environmental hazards, to measure the level of human exposure to them and their management.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the methods used to undertake environmental health risk assessment, including the limitations of these methods.
  6. Interpret the results of HRA and their use in setting intervention criteria.
  7. Understand factors which influence community perception of environmental hazards.
  8. Be able to frame effective strategies to communicate the concepts of risk.
  9. Demonstrate an understanding of the policy issues associated with HRA and risk management, including the role for Australian bodies which use HRA in standard setting.


Written assignments 60%
Examination 40%

Off Campus Attendance Requirements

18 contact hours over 3 days

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