Courses & Units

Environmental Health CAM617


This unit will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of contemporary environmental health concepts and examine the environmental and ecological determinants of health within the framework of national and international policy. Students undertaking this course will acquire valuable insights into the intricate relationship between our health and the environment, including the potential impacts of climate change and the benefits of environmental sustainability. You will develop skills in investigating potential pollutants and hazards of local and global concern, including an introduction to the field of toxicology. You will explore ways of assessing environmental health risks, and how to manage these risks through appropriate legislation and regulation. We emphasise the principles and good practices of effective risk communication and community engagement while reviewing lessons learned in public health emergencies. While exploring many of the upstream forces that affect environmental health, including community design, transportation, and energy, we reflect on the collaborative role of public health in enhancing environmental health outcomes.


Unit name Environmental Health
Unit code CAM617
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Medicine
Discipline Medicine
Coordinator Doctor Silvana Bettiol
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Reflect on the contemporary understanding of the environmental and ecological determinants of health within the context of national and international policy.
  • Describe and interpret climate change models and projections in the context of environmental sustainability and potential effects on population health.
  • Critically analyse current environmental hazards, assess potential health impacts and evaluate the relative risk for stakeholders.
  • Create and communicate proposals to address environmental health risks within the scope of legislation and regulation.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
061303 $1,118.00 $1,118.00 not applicable $2,784.00

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2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

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Teaching Pattern

On Campus Enrolment: Independent Learning 8 hours weekly; Lectorial 2 hours weekly

Online Enrolment: Independent Learning 8 hours weekly; Tutorial (Online) 1 hour (8 times)

AssessmentDiscussion Board posts and reflection (20%)|Meeting paper / Essay (40%)|Narrated PowerPoint Presentation (40%)
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Required readings and other resources will be provided through MyLO.


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