ERS 474 ERS 674 EcoHealth Perspectives
Outline

EcoHealth Perspectives readings

Description:
This seminar course examines the environment-health link from health care practitioner and public health perspectives. This is a course for students who wish to gain insight on the variety of approaches to environment and health problems on macro and micro scales.

Guest speakers will provide their own experiences working on issues such as pesticides, safe food and water, and greening health care. This course will provide a window into understanding how the ethical imperative of public health can be a tool for action on environmental issues.

This course is cross-listed as a 4th year and Grad course in Environment and Resource Studies and is with the support of the Ontario College of Family Physicians.

PHS 638 DE: Selected Topics, Global Health

Description:
“Global Health” relates to health issues and concerns that transcend national borders, class, race, ethnicity, and culture. The term stresses the commonality of health issues which require a collective (partnership-based) action. This course will examine new models and approaches, with their ecological and public health foci, which have emerged to address the issues and challenges of Global Health in the 21st century.

The course is for the Master’s in Public Health Programme at the University of Waterloo

PACS 301 Peace Studies 3B03E Peace through Health

Description:
The connections between health-disease and peace-war are multiple. War and militarized violence affect human health directly, through casualties and injuries, as well as indirectly, disrupting economic and social systems that address health needs and instilling fear and distrust. Other forms of social or structural violence also affect health.

A critical examination of the interrelationships includes the strategic use of health and other humanitarian initiatives to encourage peace (or discourages war) in zones of potential or existing armed conflict. The health sector offers an especially interesting form of peace-building, known as “Peace through Health” or (“Health as a Bridge to Peace” by the World Health Organization).

The course will be of interest to those concerned about the growing problems of war and militarized violence in the world and who wish to gain a better appreciation of what measures individuals and societies may take to counter these trends. This course is recommended for those considering careers in medicine and other health and humanitarian disciplines, particularly where practiced in social contexts impacted by militarized violence, or the threat of such. As a third year course in Peace Studies, prior background in peace and/or health disciplines would be an asset.