Sustainability and Health
Gold Coast, Australia
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
OverviewCourse DescriptionThis course examines how the state of health of the population is interrelated with and dependent upon the integrity and health of the global physical, social, cultural and economic environments.Course IntroductionPlanetary sustainability is at the heart of contemporary public health. This course introduces students to the issue of sustainability. It has three modules that look at the global issues shaping the health of our planet, the evolution of the idea of sustainability and actions to build healthy and sustainable communties.Course AimsThis course is a core course for students undertaking the Bachelor of Public Health. It introduces students to the complextities surrounding the relationship between the health of our planet and human health. Using a socio-ecological approach, students explore the connectedness between human health and population growth, development and the environment. This sets up an examination of the evolution of the concept of sustainability and contemporary strategies to create a viable future for humankind.Learning OutcomesAfter successfully completing this course you should be able to:1. CONTENT BASED OUTCOMES1.1 Explain the relationship between population growth, development, the environment and human health1.2 Understand the concept of sustainability and how it has evolved1.3 Explain the roles and strategies of civil society, corporations and government in creating a sustainable future2. COGNITIVE AND/OR AFFECTIVE OUTCOMES2.1 Review and apply various views concerning the relationship between human actions and the health of the planet2.2 Understand your personal impact on the environment and how to reduce your ecological footprint
Weighting/Marked out of
Assignment - Written Assignment
Global issue review
Assignment - Problem Solving Assignment
Exam - selected and constructed responses
End of semester exam
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.