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PUBHLTH305 The Environment And Human Health

  • Winter term(s)
  • 4 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Neitzel, Richard; Rozek, Laura
  • Prerequisites: College level biology and chemistry
  • Description: This course introduces major issues of environmental health science. We will examine what those issues are, what determines them, and how they can be altered. The course provides an overview for students who want an introduction to environmental health as well as students planning to pursue additional environmental health coursework.
  • Course Goals: After completion of this course, students should be able to describe the historical, current, and future need for environmental health science as a field of study, from a scientific, practical, and personal perspective and understand multiple perspectives on contentious, contemporary environmental health issues.
  • Competencies: 1. Students will be able to describe the historical, current, and future need for environmental health science as a field of study, from a scientific, practical, and personal perspective. 2. Students will be able to explain what environmental health is, what distinguishes it from the other health sciences, and what unique contributions it has to make to the health of the public. 3. Students will be able to identify chemical and physical hazards in a range of common environments and describe the pathways by which humans are exposed to chemical and physical agents. 4. Students will be able to identify ways in which the public health hierarchy of controls can be applied to reduce or eliminate a variety of environmental and occupational hazards. 5. Students will be able to recognize adverse health effects associated with common environmental and occupational stressors. 6. Students will be able to explain the how core principles in toxicology (e.g., toxicokinetics, dose-response) pertain to the environmental health sciences. 7. Students will be able to identify risk assessment approaches to integrate sources, exposure pathways, and adverse health outcomes. 8. Students will be able to identify the principal environmental determinants of health and describe the major environmental health issues of the present time. 9. Students will learn to identify environmental health issues specific to sensitive and vulnerable populations, including environmental health in a global setting. 10. Students will be able to find and apply information (e.g., policies, databases) relevant to the environmental health sciences. 11. Students will be able to describe important emerging and future issues in environmental health.
  • Syllabus for PUBHLTH305 (PDF, 147383 bytes, last modified on Tuesday, November 19, 2013)

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