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187.661.01 Environmental Health in Neurological and Mental Disorders

Environmental Health and Engineering
4th term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • M W,  1:30 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Joseph Bressler
Course Instructor:

187.610 or consent of instructor


Covers physical and chemical factors in our environment that contribute to neurodevelopmental disorders, mental health disease, and neurodegeneration. Lectures include a brief introduction to neurobiology, experimental studies in neurotoxicicology, and studies on human populations.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe intracellular and intercellular mechanisms underlying normal brain function
  2. Explain mechanisms underlying associations between mental disorders/neurological diseases and exposure to environmental pollutants
  3. Discuss developmental, senescent, and genetic factors that increase the individual’s risk to environmental pollutants
  4. Analyze data from experimental and epidemiological studies
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation based on a paper and a final exam.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required