Reading Week Course

Advanced Topics in Environment and Health | ENVS4800A
Instructor: Martin Bunch
Dates: February 16-24, 2019

The ‘ecohealth approach’ or ‘ecosystem approach to health and well-being’ is an applied approach based on principles of systems thinking, transdisciplinarity, participation, gender and social equity, knowledge-to-action, and sustainability. In this course, participants will move from understanding environment and health relationships to apply these principles in the design of collaborative interventions that produce “co-benefits” – simultaneously improving human health/well-being and ecosystem health.

This is a useful course for students who are interested ecosystem/environmental management, international development practice, conservation, global health, environment and health, applied systems thinking, food sovereignty and security, participatory methods, social innovation, environmental problem solving, and more.

This Ecohealth course will focus on the case study of “linking heath, environment and community in the Alexander Skutch Biological Corridor”, with multiple field visits in the region. However, the projects that course participants will develop can be associated with any environment and health situation in any location.

The course fee is CAN$1,200. This fee includes all in-country transportation, room and board, and park entrance fees that are part of course programs. Students are responsible for paying their own flight fare and travel insurance, as well as any personal expenses. Course costs are not the same as tuition costs. Students must be registered in the 2019 Winter term in order to register for this course.

Here is a draft copy of the syllabus

Important Dates & Registration Instructions:

Step 1: Check your eligibility and attend the next information session:

  • We need to check your eligibility before you can register for this course. Fill out the eligibility form and we will notify you by email. A copy of the last session's presentation is available here
  • November 20, 2018: Info Session: 10-11:30 am, Room HNES 141

Step 2: Enroll in the course:

  • December 10, 2018: Save your spot by paying the non-refundable deposit of CAN$100. Spots are considered on a first come first serve basis. Note that you won't be able to pay the deposit unless we have checked your eligibility. Deposits will be accepted in cash only at the end of the next information session on Nov. 20 or on the deadline date at HNES 286.
  • December 10, 2018 - January 15, 2019: Enroll in the course through the REM system. Enrollment in this course is restricted. We need to check you eligibility and you need to pay your deposit before you can register on the course.

Step 3: Forms, Payment and Mandatory Sessions:


Please note the following:

  • This course is open to upper-year undergraduates and graduates, including non-FES students and has no prerequisites.
  • NOTE: If you came to an information session and have not received a follow up email by now is because the email you provided does not work, please fill out the eligibility form here
  • LA&PS students have the possibility to apply for funding. Check the requirements for the International Study Abroad Award for LA&PS.
  • Visa information: Refer to the Embassy of Costa Rica in Canada's website.
  • Non-York Students must follow the Admission and Application Procedures for Visiting Students