Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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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 First semester 2014 (Day)
Alfred Hospital First semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr D Glass


Prevention of human disease resulting from workplace exposures to chemical and biological hazards. Covering toxicological principles, health effects of the major groups of chemical substances, as well as biological hazards from blood and bodily secretions, water, food, animals and travelling abroad.


On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. list groups of commonly encountered substances, giving examples of each;
  2. relate the principles of toxicokinetics and the metabolism of foreign substances by the human body;
  3. describe the common and well-known adverse effects from substances and biological agents;
  4. describe the common and important infections spread by water, food, air, blood and animal secretions;
  5. implement methods to control the spread of such infections;
  6. describe what is meant by immunity, allergy and vaccination;
  7. research, reflect on, interpret and critically analyse information about the health effects of substances and biological agents; and
  8. effectively and sensitively communicate or transmit synthesized information about risks due to substances and biological agents to specialist and non-specialist audiences.


Multiple choice test and short answer test (10% each)
Web based tasks (Online discussion 10% and Online book exercises 20%)
Written assignment (Outline 5% and Essay 25%)
Presentation (20%)

Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

18 contact over 4 days

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