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182.637.98 Noise and Other Physical Agents in the Environment

Environmental Health and Engineering
2nd term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2018 - 2019
Barcelona, Spain
Mon 11/26/2018 - Thu 11/29/2018
Class Times:
  • M Tu W Th,  8:30am - 6:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Judith Holzer
Course Instructor:
  • Daniel H. Anna
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

College chemistry and physics


Addresses noise-related topics such as physics of noise propagation and control, noise measurement, hearing physiology, and noise-induced hearing loss. Covers ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, lasers, and heat stress.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe the components of an acceptable hearing conservation program
  2. Define the mechanisms by which noise induces hearing loss
  3. Calculate noise exposure metrics and compare them to acceptable exposure criteria
  4. Operate sound level meters and noise dosimeters
  5. Define the hazard classification system for laser safety programs
  6. Assess the acceptability of exposures to radiofrequency non-ionizing radiation
  7. Describe basic radiation health concepts and methods for detecting ionizing radiation
  8. Assess occupational heat stress risk
Methods of Assessment:

Class participation (20%); homework problems (30%) and take-home final exam (50%)

Enrollment Restriction:

undergraduate and interdivisional students are not permitted in this section

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Full-time JHU degree-seeking students must obtain the consent of Judy Holzer in HPM to register for this section only.

For consent, contact:

Special Comments:

This course will be offered over 4 days in Spain. Students must physically be in Barcelona to participate. Students will complete readings prior to class session.