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180.621.81 Protecting the Environment and Safeguarding Worker Health: a Problem-Based Approach

Environmental Health and Engineering
2nd term
3 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. Students enrolling in this course must have completed at least one of the following: (1) 180.601 Environmental Health; (2) 180.609.01 Principles of Environmental Health I; or (3) 180.660.01 Introductory Principles of Environmental Health. This prerequisite can be waived by the course instructor if the student demonstrates sufficient experience and expertise in environmental health sciences.


This course will equip doctoral students with the skills to understand, and design solutions for, emerging environmental and occupational health problems. The course is organized around several real world environmental health cases, and will offer students a chance to analyze and discuss how to design effective interventions using evidence-based science. Through this course, students will also gain a better understanding of the role that social justice and equity play in environmental and occupational health.

Examines environmental and worker health by introducing and analyzing four real world problems; Explores how evidence-based interventions are designed and implemented; Emphasizes the role that social justice and environmental equity play in establishing effective public health interventions; Reviews how science, communication, and policy interweave in environmental and occupational health decision-making; Shows how environmental and occupational health leaders act to address and solve problems and prepares students to tackle and design solutions for contemporary problems in environmental and occupational health.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Propose effective, evidence-based environmental and occupational health interventions
  2. Evaluate how environmental and worker health problems arise in practice by investigating four real world situations
  3. Critique the social justice and environmental equity problems that confront public health practitioners and leaders seeking to solve environmental and occupational health problems
  4. Analyze and assess alternative intervention strategies and policies in environmental and occupational health
  5. Identify the interaction between science, communication, and policy in environmental and worker health problems, and develop strategies to confront them
Methods of Assessment:

Homework assignments: 50% (Three assignments at 10% each) and one final assignment at 20%.
Group exercises: 40% (Four group exercises at 10% each)
Class participation: 10%
The homework assignments and the group exercises will be based on the class case studies, which are real world environmental health problems. Each homework will include several comprehensive essay questions that will focus on analyzing the problems and their origins, and the group assignments will require the analysis and/or design of a policy option.

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Instructor consent is required for (1) students not in the DrPH program; and (2) students who have not completed one of the prerequisite courses.

For consent, contact: