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Principles of Environmental Health I

East Baltimore
1st term
Environmental Health and Engineering
4 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • M W,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Megan Latshaw

Presents concepts, principles, and applications forming the basis of the field of environmental health. Topics include contaminant sources, fate & transport, pathways of exposure, toxicology, health effects, policy, practice and systems. Discussions and exercises focus on current environmental health issues and opportunities for prevention and intervention. Students learn how to critically evaluate current environmental health literature and how to think about environmental health from a systems perspective.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the field of environmental health and its interdisciplinary nature
  2. Describe the sources and range of hazards to human health that exist within the environment
  3. Explain the means through which toxic exposures induce adverse health effects in healthy and susceptible populations
  4. Discuss the concept of environmental justice and identify potential environmental injustices
  5. Develop and discuss application of strategies that effectively mitigate and prevent adverse health effects caused by environmental agents and conditions
  6. Interpret, evaluate and summarize articles from the current environmental health literature and apply their findings to related environmental situations and conditions
  7. Identify and describe important current and emerging environmental problems that pose a risk to public health
  8. Develop and express an understanding of the contribution that environmental health practice makes within public health
  9. Explain how environmental health contributes to the 3 core functions (and the 10 essential services) of public health
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation based on the level of active participation in class discussions and exercises (10%), individual/group assignments (50%) and two examinations (40%).

Enrollment Restriction:

Enrollment limited to degree-seeking students in SPH graduate programs. Permission from instructor required for non-EHE students.

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent is required for non-EHE degree candidates.

For consent, contact:

Special Comments:

MHS degree candidates in EHE are required to take both Principles of Environmental Health I & II; PhD candidates in EHE only take PEH I.