Environment and Public Health

Understanding the intersection between health and the environment is essential as clean air, fresh water, a safe climate, food security and biodiversity -- our life support system – become increasingly stressed.

Coordinator: Dr Suzanne Mavoa


The environments in which we live immediately impact on our health. The Public Health specialisation is designed to ensure the creation and maintenance of environments that promote good public health. By collaborating with other disciplines and sectors, students will identify and manage environmental health problems.

Study in this field will provide you with the tools used in environmental health practice, and by public health practitioners. These include surveillance, monitoring, observation, analysis, and selected techniques in biostatistics, epidemiology and health economics.

Other skills developed are more specific to environmental health or environmental studies, such as environmental, social and health impact assessment and qualitative and quantitative risk analysis.

  • Example Career outcomes
    • Community development
    • Policy Advisor
    • NGO officer
    • Environmental health consultant

View full list of Environment and Public Health subjects in the Handbook

Example study plan (200 point program)

Year 1

Semester 1

Sustainability Governance and Leadership


Foundations of Public Health

Sustainability and Behaviour Change

Semester 2

Healthy Communities

Public Health Leadership and Management

Social Impact Assessment

Environmental Risk Assessment

Year 2

Semester 1

Interdisciplinarity and the Environment

Environmental Challenges and Global Health


Semester 2

Securing Safe and Healthy Food


Health Promotion