Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
OfferedAlfred Hospital Second semester 2013 (Day)
Alfred Hospital Second semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr E MacFarlane


Environmental influences on health including physical, chemical and biological hazards as well as principles of assessment, management and control of environmental health risks.


On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Nominate the important chemical, physical and biological factors in the environment and the risks to health from environmental factors in Australia.
  2. Demonstrate fluency with the terminology used to describe chemical, physical, and microbiological hazards encountered in the community.
  3. Critically appraise epidemiological literature related to environmental health risks.
  4. Relate methods to identify common hazards in environmental media such as water, air and food, and methods to assess the degree of risk presented by these hazards.
  5. Nominate common interventions used to control environmental health risks and prevent injury, including standard setting, and the key personal, social and economic factors that inhibit, control or lessen their impact.
  6. Effectively and sensitively communicate information and principles about environmental hazards and risks.


Written assignments (70%)
Online discussion (10%)
Online exam (20%)

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

OCL plus 3 day block


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