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180.626.81 Environmental Justice and Public Health Practice

Cancelled

Department:
Environmental Health and Engineering
Term:
4th term
Credits:
3 credits
Academic Year:
2018 - 2019
Location:
Internet
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Contact:
Genee Smith
Course Instructor:
Resources:
Prerequisite:

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses. 180.609 Principles of Environmental Health or 180.601 Environmental Health or an equivalent introductory course in environmental health

Description:

What is environmental justice and how does it impact public health? What current strategies are being used to address environmental justice concerns? How can different sectors contribute to achieving environmental health equity?

Explores environmental justice through a historical, ethical and political lens with discussions on the impacts of environmental injustice on health disparities, particularly in low income and minority communities. Critical assessment of existing environmental justice approaches will be used to foster discussions and strategies for alleviating inequities in environmental exposure and disease at multiple levels and domains of public health. This course will highlight various approaches for public health officials, advocacy groups, health professionals, policymakers, and stakeholders to contribute to environmental justice, and guide students through integrating existing expertise into environmental justice solutions.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Summarize the evolution of the environmental justice movement in an accurate historical and ethical context
  2. Explain the impact of inequities in neighborhood-level environmental exposures on health disparities
  3. Explain the need for collaborative partnerships and the various roles of scientists, community members, public health officials, and policy makers in addressing environmental justice concerns
  4. Identify present-day environmental justice concerns, the impact of these on public health, and potential financial, political, and logistic hurdles to achieving environmental equity
  5. Critique current approaches to addressing concerns of environmental justice
  6. Use existing skill sets to construct environmental justice solutions at various levels and within various domains
Methods of Assessment:

Participation in Online Discussion Forum (20%), 2 Homework Assignments (50%) , Final project (30%)

Instructor Consent:

No consent required