Description: Public Health 305 will introduce you to the major issues of environmental health science with a focus on the United States, though global health issues are considered as well. We will examine what those issues are, what determines them, and how they can be altered. As a survey of the many facets of environmental health, the course provides a broad overview for anyone who wants an introduction to the field. The course is also good grounding if you decide to pursue additional coursework in environmental health.
After taking the course, you 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Identify ways in which the public health hierarchy of controls can be applied to reduce or eliminate a variety of environmental and occupational hazards.
- Recognize adverse health effects associated with common environmental and occupational stressors.
- Explain the how core principles in toxicology (e.g., toxicokinetics, dose-response) pertain to the environmental health sciences.
- Identify risk assessment approaches to integrate sources, exposure pathways, and adverse health outcomes.
- Identify the principal environmental determinants of health and describe the major environmental health issues of the present time.
- Identify environmental health issues specific to sensitive and vulnerable populations, including environmental health in a global setting.
- Find and apply information (e.g., policies, databases) relevant to the environmental health sciences.
- Describe important emerging and future issues in environmental health.