Module 7: Environmental Health
This module will introduce students to the discipline of environmental health within the context of global health, primary health care and wider development. It will enable participants to analyse this critical and yet largely ignored area in a broader health and development framework. The emphasis will be on practical solutions to address environmental (predominantly built environment) risks to human health and thus contribute to wider development objectives in the areas of nutrition, primary education, child mortality, disease control and environmental sustainability.
Participants will study areas of intrinsic importance to environmental health such as health systems and primary health care; water supply and management; shelter and settlement planning in urban and displaced persons contexts; the impact of tobacco on health, the environment and development; environmental health promotion; excreta disposal, waste management and vector control; as well as measuring effectiveness and impact of environmental health interventions.
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to: apply knowledge and understanding of what environmental health means in a range of contexts from acute emergency to development; develop a knowledge and understanding of the key components within environmental health that impact on health and wider development objectives; and analyse environmental health in the context of health systems.