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180.660.01 Introductory Principles of Environmental Health

Environmental Health and Engineering
3rd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Thursday,  5:00 - 8:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Clarke Tankersley
Course Instructor:
  • Clarke Tankersley

Provides an introduction to the concepts and principles of environmental health -- the effects of the environment on human health. Presents the major concepts and principles of environmental health, and their relation to the practice of public health. Course utilizes selected environmental agents and vectors as exemplars of these concepts and principles. Intended for MHS students (this course does not meet the Environmental Health requirement for the MPH program).

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Define the types, sources, and distribution of environmental agents
  2. Identify the media in which agents are transmitted, and describe how these agents interact with biological systems, and the mechanisms by which they exert adverse effects
  3. Understand the nature of an agent’s adverse effects from its physical, chemical or infectious properties, and how the effects may manifest in public and environmental health
  4. Describe the models used for prediction of the magnitude of adverse effects
  5. Identify significant gaps in the current knowledge base concerning health effects of environmental agents, and areas of uncertainty in the risk assessment process
  6. Describe selected current legislation and regulation regarding environmental issues
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation is based on one plagiarism quiz (5%), four online quizzes (15% each), a written current environmental health article review (10%), group presentation (5%) a two-minute elevator speech
(10%) and class participation by submitting an online introduction and initiating and maintaining the discussion thread for one environmental health topic, and participating in other threads (10%).

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

This course does not meet the EHS requirement for the MPH program