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180.628.81 Introduction to Environmental and Occupational Health Law

Environmental Health and Engineering
4th term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Paul Locke
Course Instructor :

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.


Examines US and international environmental and occupational health laws and regulations. Covers significant US federal laws, such as the Clean Air Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, Superfund, the Toxic Substances Control Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, the Resource, Conservation and Recovery Act and significant international treaties and laws, such as the European Union’s REACH legislation, with a particular emphasis on how they influence public health intervention strategies. Also introduces students to the agencies that administer worker health and environmental protection programs.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Identify and describe significant environmental and occupational health laws and regulations
  2. Identify and describe the significant agencies and institutions charged with protecting environmental and worker health
  3. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of these laws and regulations
  4. Compare U.S. and international legal approaches to environmental and occupational health protection
Methods of Assessment:

Homework, Participation and Final Examination

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Students who take 180.629, Environmental and Occupational Health Law and Policy, cannot take this course.