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Term: 3rd term
Credits: 4 credits
Contact: Paul Locke
Academic Year: 2014 - 2015
Course Instructor:

Examines the legal systems, institutions and policies upon which environmental and occupational health protection are based. Focuses on how US and international environmental and occupational health laws, regulations and policies apply to public health and evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of laws as intervention tools. Topics covered include significant US federal environmental and occupational health statutes (for example, the Clean Air Act, Superfund, Community Right-to-Know, Safe Drinking Water Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act), international environmental law principles and treaties, international human rights issues, how laws deals with emerging health issues and environmental justice and facility siting.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Discuss how to use laws, regulations and policies for public health intervention
Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of these laws, regulations and policies
Analyze how legal institutions, such as the courts and agencies, affect public policy and decision-making
Evaluate how laws and policies influence environmental health decision-making

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation is based on (1) class participation; (2) homework assignments and (3) an final examination
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday 3:30 - 5:20
  • Wednesday 3:30 - 5:20
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Special Comments: Students who take 180.628.81, Introduction to Environmental and Occupational Health Law can not take this course.