2017 Undergraduate Courses
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Population and Environment (Dean's Scholar) | 2017


The major in Population and Environment is an ideal first degree for those interested in a career that enhances the health of the community, with core areas of study including health promotion; population studies, planning and managing a health program or project; understanding the health of populations; and skills in obtaining, reviewing and analysing health information. 

The Population and Environment major will have growing importance in an era where we are increasingly aware of population health and sustainability. Job opportunities include environmental health and community health project worker.

Subjects Required for Major Study

To qualify for award of the major Population and Environment, Dean's Scholar students must complete a total of at least 144 credit points as specified in the table below.   No more than 60 credit points in total may be taken at 100 level.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
HAS 130 Social Determinants of Health 6 Autumn
MEDI110 Human Growth Nutrition and Exercise 6 Autumn
INDS150 Introduction to Indigenous Australia 6 Autumn
Select ONE of the following two subjects:
PSYC101 Introduction to Behavioural Science 6 Autumn, Summer 2017/2018
PSYC121 Foundations of Psychology A 6 Autumn
HAS 233 Leadership, Scholarship and Social Change 6 Spring
GEOG122 Human Geography: Living in a Material World 6 Spring
SCIE103 Climate Change 6 Spring
Select ONE of the following two subjects:
PSYC123 Research Methods and Statistics 6 Spring
STAT251 Fundamentals of Biostatistics 6 Spring
Year 2
HAS 230 Contemporary Public Health Issues 6 Autumn
HAS 231 Health Promotion 6 Autumn
GEOG221 Population Geography: People, Place, Inequality 6 Autumn
Plus one 6 credit point elective subject at 200 or 300 level*
HAS 251 Introduction to Epidemiology 6 Spring
GEOG222 Society and Environment: Resources, Challenges, Futures 6 Spring
GEOG231 Maps and Apps for Social Scientists 6 Spring
GEOG224 The Future of Food: Resilience, Communities and Policy 6 Spring
Year 3
HAS 349 Research Skills in Public Health 6 Autumn
GEOG336 Qualitative Research Design for Social Scientists 6 Autumn
Plus 12 credit points of elective subject at 200 or 300 level*
HAS 347 Social Sciences Project 6 Spring
HAS 351 Health Promotion Competencies 6 Spring
Select TWO of the following three subjects:
GEOG353 Qualitative GIS 6 Spring
GEOG337 Environmental and Heritage Management 6 Spring
HAS 350 Social Determinants of Indigenous Health 6 Spring

 * Elective subjects may be chosen from the General Schedule. Subjects from the Sciences or Social Sciences are recommended for this degree, including GEOG251 which will be available from 2018.  

** High achieving students interested in undertaking a limited international work placement of three to four weeks in a public health related field during either the Summer or Winter recess periods have the option to complete HAS 335 in place of HAS 347. To be eligible to undertake HAS 335 students must have a minimum credit grade in all core 200 level subjects. Students who wish to be eligible to apply for an OS-Help loan should undertake HAS 335 in Autumn session of the final year of the degree.

Last reviewed: 1 November, 2016