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180.631.01 Environmental and Occupational Health Policy Seminar


Environmental Health and Engineering
4th term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Thursday,  3:30 - 6:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Ellen Silbergeld
Course Instructors:

180.629 or consent of the instructor.


Uses a case-study approach to discuss the political, economic and scientific contexts of environmental and occupational health policy making. Covers the regulation of chemical and pesticide production and use, waste management, occupational health and safety, food safety, and international aspects of policy making. Emphasizes the critical analysis of specific case studies, involving specific decisions and current controversy, including the roles of risk assessment, cost benefit analysis, and the precautionary principle. Also covers the interactions of environmental and occupational health policy with international affairs, specifically trade and development.

Methods of Assessment:

Students are expected to attend class and to actively participate in class discussion. Students will prepare and orally present a comprehensive case study. Also, students will prepare brief written evaluations of case studies presented by other student.

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Requires consent if student has not taken 180.629.

For consent, contact:

Jointly Offered With: