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180.629.01 Environmental and Occupational Health Law and Policy


Environmental Health and Engineering
3rd term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2018 - 2019
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • M W,  3:30 - 5:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Paul Locke
Course Instructor:

Examines the legal systems, institutions and policies upon which environmental and occupational health protection are based. Focuses on how US and international environmental and occupational health laws, regulations and policies apply to public health and evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of laws as intervention tools. Topics covered include significant US federal environmental and occupational health statutes (for example, the Clean Air Act, Superfund, Community Right-to-Know, Safe Drinking Water Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act), international environmental law principles and treaties, international human rights issues, how laws deals with emerging health issues and environmental justice and facility siting.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Discuss how to use laws, regulations and policies for public health intervention
  2. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of these laws, regulations and policies
  3. Analyze how legal institutions, such as the courts and agencies, affect public policy and decision-making
  4. Evaluate how laws and policies influence environmental health decision-making
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation is based on (1) class participation; (2) homework assignments and (3) an final examination

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Students who take 180.628.81, Introduction to Environmental and Occupational Health Law can not take this course.