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180.651.01 ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT, AND PUBLIC HEALTH

Term: 3rd term
Credits: 2 credits
Contact: Stuart Chaitkin
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructor:
Description:

Examines why energy policy choices are so important to human health and well-being. Explores how the impacts of energy exploration, generation, and usage patterns are tied directly to economic prosperity, the condition of the environment, the health of the population, and even aspects of national and international security, for developed as well as developing nations. Discusses and presents potential solutions to the three biggest energy challenges: (1) meeting the basic energy needs of the world s poorest people in a more healthful manner, (2) de-carbonizing electricity generation, and (3) reducing oil dependence. Emphasizes that energy is the core of the environment problem and environment is the core of the energy problem.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Define the basic linkages between energy impacts and public health
Identify the principal negative impacts associated with energy exploration, generation, and consumption in developing as well as developed countries
Distinguish between potentially valid and overly hyped claims about energy performance, energy impacts, or energy technologies
Assess a range of policy choices for reducing the impacts of energy consumption on public health

Methods of Assessment: Attendance/Participation in class discussions (30%); Short paper OR Brief In-Class Presentation (35%); Final Exam (35%)
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday 1:30 - 3:20
Enrollment Minimum: 5
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Special Comments: Course is held in departmental space.