Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Skip to content | Change text size

print version

Monash University

Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedAlfred Hospital Second semester 2010 (Day)
Alfred Hospital Second semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Professor B Priestly


Australian (enHealth) framework for health risk assessment (HRA); risk management & risk communication; hazard identification, with particular reference to air, water, soil & food contaminants; sustainable development; industry stewardship; exposure & dose-response modeling; biomarkers; influences on community perception of environmental risk (including the role of the media) strategies for effective risk communication.


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%

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Brian Priestly

Contact hours

18 contact hours over 3 days

Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at: