Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine


Dr Ewan MacFarlane


Alfred Hospital

  • Second semester 2016 (Day)
  • Second semester 2016 (Off-campus)


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


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify important chemical, physical and biological hazards in the environment and analyse related risks to health from environmental factors in Australia;
  2. communicate fluently using appropriate terminology to describe chemical, physical and biological hazards encountered in a variety of contexts;
  3. critically appraise the epidemiological literature which informs the evidence base for environmental health risk control strategies;
  4. identify common hazards, appropriate techniques for exposure measurement and risk assessment methodologies in environmental media such as water air and food;
  5. apply theoretical models of risk communication to appropriately communicate the principles of effective management of environmental health risks; and
  6. develop evidence based interventions to control simple environmental risks and prevent harm, including strategies for standard setting and systematic management of key personal, social and economic factors, to inhibit, control or reduce potential for harm.


Written assignments (1 x 2,000 words; 1 x 2,500 words) (80%)
Online tasks (20%)

Hurdle: Full attendance at unit block days.

Workload requirements

10 hours per week off campus self-directed learning plus 20 contact hours over 3 block days.

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