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Noise and Other Physical Agents in the Environment

3rd term
Environmental Health and Engineering
4 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor :
  • Daniel H. Anna
Daniel Anna

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.


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:

Student evaluation based on class participation, homework sets and exams.
Two homework problem sets (15% each)
Midterm (35%)
Final examination (35%)

Instructor Consent:

No consent required