CO-ORDINATOR: Dr Richard Quilliam
Prerequisites: Environmental Policy and Management (ENVU5A5) or Fieldwork and Laboratory Techniques (SCIU5T5)
The Environment & Human Health has increasingly become a subject of concern to the general public in recent years. Human pathogens such as norovirus, E. coli O157, Salmonella, and MRSA have all been directly and indirectly implicated in human infections (and even death) from contact with the environment. The study of Environmental Pathogen Ecology examines the role of the environment in disease risk exposure, and focusses on the lifecycle of the pathogen rather than the epidemiology of disease in human populations. Current opinion is that greater numbers of human infections will occur from environmental routes due to projected climate change and further habitat encroachment into natural ecosystems.
The aim of this module is to examine the environmental pathways associated with exposure to a range of human pathogens and zoonoses. This module will bring together issues in food security and safety, environmental pollution and climate change and introduce students to the complexity of disease ecology in a changing world.
Scheduled Teaching: 11 hours
Independent Study: 89 hours
Placements: 0 hours