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Term: 1st term
Credits: 4 credits
Academic Year: 2014 - 2015
Course Instructor:

Presents concepts, principles, and applications of the core natural and social science disciplines that form the basis of the field of environmental health. Topics include the sources, pathways of exposure and methods of control of the principal physical, chemical, biologic and psychosocial factors within the environment that impact human health. Through discussions and exercises focused on current environmental health issues, students examine the components of the environmental health paradigm and the opportunities it presents for the development and application of effective preventive and interventive strategies. Through lectures and discussions, students review and evaluate current environmental health literature.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Describe the field of environmental health and its interdisciplinary nature
Describe the sources and range of hazards to human health that exist within the environment and explain the means through which they interact with humans to induce adverse health effects in healthy and susceptible populations
Develop and discuss application of strategies that effectively intervene to mitigate and prevent the risks of adverse health effects caused by environmental agents and conditions
Interpret, evaluate and summarize articles from the current environmental health literature and apply their findings to related environmental situations and conditions
Identify and describe important current and emerging environmental problems that pose a risk to public health
Develop and express an understanding of the contribution that environmental health practice makes within public health

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation based on the level of active participation in class discussions and exercises (10%), individual/group assignments (50%) and two examinations (40%).
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday 1:30 - 3:20
  • Wednesday 1:30 - 3:20
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Maximum: 36
Enrollment Restriction: Enrollment limited to degree-seeking students in SPH graduate programs. Permission from instructor required for non-EHS students.
Instructor Consent: Consent required for some students

Consent is required for non-EHS degree candidates.

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Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Special Comments: MHS degree candidates in EHS are required to take both Principles of Environmental Health I & II; PhD candidates in EHS only take PEH I.