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Term: 4th term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Ellen Silbergeld
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructors:

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.

Learning Objective(s):

This course will prepare the student to : 1. Describe the institutions, laws, and processes that are utilized in occupational and environmental health policy in the US. a. Describe the national, state, and local institutions involved in making environmental and occupational health policies b. Describe the role of Congress, the Executive, and the Courts in policy making in the US c. Access and evaluate information from governmental and nongovernmental sources d. Describe the differences in policy making related to statutory authority, responsible agency, and legal tradition e. Explain the theory and practice of policy tools, including command and control regulation, risk assessment, technology assessment, information and labeling, and cost benefit analyses

2. Critically evaluate the objectives and performance of policy making a. Explain policy documents (regulations, executive orders, court decisions, etc) b. Identify and analyze the role of stakeholders in policymaking c. Perform a policy analysis using criteria of effectiveness, efficacy, efficiency, and equity d. Evaluate the impacts of policy using quantitative and qualitative indicators

3. apply policy making methods to problem identification and policy formulation a. Formulate environmental and occupational health problems in the terms of policy objectives b. Analyze the relationship between policies and problems c. compare policy making in occupational and environmental health

4. Understand the international aspects of environmental and occupational health policy a. Describe the international aspects of environmental and occupational health issues b. Identify institutions and processes in international policy making c. Evaluate international policy using criteria of effectiveness, efficacy, efficiency, and equity

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.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Thursday 3:30 - 6:20
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Maximum: 25
Instructor Consent: Consent required for some students

Requires consent if student has not taken 180.629.

For consent, contact:

180.629 or consent of the instructor.

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