Subject Code and Title: PUBH6002: Global and Environmental Health Issues
Assessment: Assessment 1: Report - Environmental Risk Assessment
Length: 1,500 words (+/- 10%)
Learning Outcomes: A. Understand the concept of environmental factors influencing health, and the relevance to public health from the global to the local levels. B. Describe key agencies, institutional structures, political processes, influences on and challenges for environmental health. D. Understand the way in which globalisation and the social, economic and political determinants of health influence disease, including identification of vulnerable groups. E. Understand the concept of sustainable development. F. Identify and critique ethical elements relevant to environmental health protections, policies, and industry practices, from global to localscale. G. Critically analyse the relationships between environmental risk factors and social, economic and political determinants of illness and injury from global to local scale.
Total Marks: 100 marks
Instructions: Choose a specific geographic region and one of the following environmental health issues: Water(safe drinking water or ambient/environmental water) Sanitation (wastewatercontrol) Air quality (indoor oroutdoor) Solid wastemanagement Hazardous/toxic substances Noise Disasters Food safety Traffic accidents Vector-borne disease Climate andgeography Housing and the built environment
Please address thefollowing:
Part 1: Using the WHO (1999) DPSEEA framework: http://www.who.int/wssd/resources/indicators/en/ - Chapter 7 describe the driving forces, pressures, state changes, exposures and effects relevant to your chosen region and environmental health issue. Are there any social, political or economic influences on the issue that aren’t captured by the DPSEEA framework?
Part 2: How is the environmental health issue currently being managed? What is the role of existing health agencies and other agencies, key stakeholders including community groups, critical infrastructure and legislative and regulatory measures at the federal and state level? What suggestions do you propose to address gapsin current policy, regulation and management for this environmental health issue?
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