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Department: Epidemiology
Term: 4th term
Credits: 4 credits
Contact: Eliseo Guallar
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014

Introduces the key health effects of environmental and occupational 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 and occupational 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 occupational 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 the pattern of burden of disease in a country using standard fertility and mortality indicators, estimates of disease burden measured in Disability-Adjusted Life Years (DALYs), data on disease incidence, prevalence, risk factors and geographic distribution and the concept of epidemiologic transition
Describe and analyze environmental and occupational health problems, and discuss exposure-disease relationships in human populations

Methods of Assessment: • Mid-term paper. • Final exam. • Class participation.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday 1:30 - 3:20
  • Wednesday 1:30 - 3:20
Enrollment Minimum: 3
Instructor Consent: No consent required

• Introductory level course (or higher) in epidemiology.

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