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183.641.98 The Health Effects of Indoor and Outdoor Air Pollution

Environmental Health and Engineering
2nd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
Barcelona, Spain
Mon 11/27/2017 - Wed 11/29/2017
Class Times:
  • M Tu W,  8:30am - 6:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Judith Holzer
Course Instructor:
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

Provides background on respiratory tract defense mechanism and the factors that control inhalation exposures to environmental pollutants and their influences on health and diseases. Topics include oxidant pollutants, sulfur dioxide and acid aerosols, particulates, bioaerosols, building-related illness, volatile organic compounds, environmental tobacco smoke and radon. Also covers host susceptibility factors, risk assessment, the influence of global warming, and regulation and public policy.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe the general anatomy and physiology of the human respiratory track, including its primary innate host-defense mechanisms, and factors that may affect individual susceptibility to adverse health effects linked to airborne exposures
  2. Describe the various categories of indoor and outdoor pollutants, their primary sources, levels and distribution within the environment, and methods by which they are measured
  3. Explain the physical and chemical characteristics of pollutant agents that influence their distribution, deposition and toxic effects within the airways and elsewhere in the body
  4. Discuss the mechanisms through which exposures to selected environmental pollutants can initiate, maintain and/or exacerbate human disease
Methods of Assessment:

Class participation (20%), small group work (40%) and final paper (40%)

Enrollment Restriction:

undergraduate and interdivisional students are not permitted in this section

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Full-time JHU students must obtain permission to register from Judy Holzer in HPM.

For consent, contact:

Special Comments:

This course will be offered for 3 days in Barcelona. Students must physically be in Barcelona to participate. Students are required to complete readings prior to the start of the course. The paper outline will be due Dec 8, 2017 with the final paper due on Dec 19, 2017.