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April 8, 2022


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To be able to understand the importance of the environment for our health, we need to know a little about the interdependence between the environment and humankind.


This course, Health, and the environment will look at interactions between plants, animals and the physical and chemical environment, as well as considering ways in which humans have altered, and are altering this environment. These changes have health implications that are not always immediately obvious. Frequently, we initiate changes that are going to have their effects sometime in the future, and we will be looking at the legacies that we leave to future generations. We move on to consider our own demise and ask what exactly it is that we think we will be leaving for those who follow.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:
  • Define and use, or recognize definitions and applications of, each of the terms in bold in the text
  • Understand the complexity of the interdependence between organisms and their environment
  • Describe some of the consequences for the health of pollution
  • Explain why it is difficult to gain international agreements to secure biodiversity and reduce pollution.

Course Curriculum

    • Legacies and inheritance 00:20:00
    • Altering the environment 00:20:00
    • Habitat 00:20:00
    • Food webs 01:30:00
    • Human predation and extinctions 00:30:00
    • ‘Biological control’ 00:20:00
    • Dutch elm disease 00:30:00
    • Genetic diversity and mass extinctions 00:20:00
    • The Kew Gardens Millennium Seed Bank Appeal 00:15:00
    • Plants as medicines 00:50:00
    • Pollution and loss of biodiversity 00:05:00
    • Air pollution 02:00:00
    • Global warming 02:00:00
    • The ozone hole 00:20:00
    • Indoor pollutants 00:10:00
    • Land and water pollution 01:00:00
    • Population growth 00:20:00
    • Some philosophical issues 00:30:00
    • Conclusion 00:20:00

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