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Term: Summer Inst. term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Ana Navas-Acien
Academic Year: 2014 - 2015
Course Instructors:

Introduces the key health effects of environmental exposures and the epidemiologic methods used to identify and estimate those effects. Emphasizes the interplay of methodological issues, including the assessment of environmental exposures and the understanding of specific disease processes in identifying the health impact of environmental exposures in the population. Students learn about environmental exposures (including water and air pollution, food contamination, ionizing radiation, persistent environmental pollutants and emergent environmental exposures) and key methodological issues relevant for these exposures in population studies (including study design, exposure assessment and biomonitoring, disease clusters, dose-response relationships, susceptibility, geographic analysis, and evidence synthesis).

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Identify the major environmental and risk factors for health-related outcomes in human populations
Explain the key methodological issues relevant to the identification and estimation of the burden of disease caused by environmental factors
Describe and analyze environmental health problems, and discuss exposure-disease relationships in human populations

Methods of Assessment: Mid-term paper (30%) Final exam (60%) Class participation (10%)
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Mon 06/09/2014 - Wed 06/18/2014
  • Monday 1:30 - 4:20
  • Tuesday 1:30 - 4:20
  • Wednesday 1:30 - 4:20
  • Thursday 1:30 - 4:20
  • Friday 1:30 - 4:20
Enrollment Minimum: 3
Instructor Consent: No consent required

An introductory level course (or higher) in epidemiology

Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Jointly Offered With: