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Archived Curricula Guide 2017–2019
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PGHAS04 Environment, technology and health 5 ECTS
Organised by
MDP in Public and Global Health

General description

This transdisciplinary course looks at the impact of the environment on health at various levels. The provision of essential services ? water, sanitation and electricity ? demonstrates how the environment, technology and health are closely connected/intertwined. Meeting the basic needs of populations for housing, energy and transportation improves health on one hand but on the other, introduces health risks through various form of pollution. Food production and agriculture - however necessary for survival - contributes to climate change. The course also deals with health technologies, including looking into health software and its potential for application in both developed and developing countries.

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, the students will
- appraise the key role of environmental determinants of health
- be able to apply multisectoral approaches in promotion of health and wellbeing
- have abilities to think and act out of the box
- be able to work jointly towards transdisciplinary solutions
- have skills to comprehensive critical analysis and policy formation
- be able to critically assess technological innovations for health and wellbeing


- Natural and built environment
- Impacts of climate change on health
- Direct and indirect effects
- Towards sustainable food production and agriculture
- Interactions between built environment and health
- Community planning
- Essential services ? water supply, sanitation and electricity
- Housing, energy and transportation
- Appropriate technologies for health, including health software

Teaching methods

Lectures max 24 h. Flipped classrooms 8h. Web-based group work 20h in Moodle (e-learning environment). Case work, role plays and documentation 50h. Written essay 28h. Blog work 5h.

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Open University Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in course work 
In English

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 1-5.
- Lecture attendance (min 75%) - Seminar attendance (100%) - Active participation in the Flipped classroom work

Belongs to following study modules

Faculty of Social Sciences
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Faculty of Social Sciences