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Food and Water Borne Diseases

Barcelona, Spain
2nd term
Environmental Health and Engineering
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Wed 11/06/2019 - Fri 11/08/2019
Class Times:
  • W Th F,  8:30am - 6:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor :
Judith Holzer
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

Discusses food- and water-borne intoxicants and infections, diseases linked to eating and drinking, and prevention of food and water-borne diseases. Topics include transmission of disease via food and water, disease processes in food- and water-related illness, microbial toxins, mycotoxins, chemical toxins, bacterial infections (salmonellosis, shigellosis, vibrio, listeria, etc.) virus and parasitic infections, organizing safe food and water supplies, and issues in food and water safety.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Identify the pathogens and chemicals of human health concern present in water and food
  2. Distinguish the primary features of microorganisms and chemicals that facilitate their persistence in water and food matrixes and induce illness in humans
  3. Describe how safe food and drinking water are produced and the mechanisms for treatment and disposal of waste
  4. Define key components of successful food and waterborne outbreak investigations by the critical review of selected case studies
  5. Characterize the effectiveness of the food and water legislative programs and regulations established to protect human health
Methods of Assessment:

class participation (20%); in-class exercises (20%); final take-home exam (60%)

Enrollment Restriction:

interdivisional and undergraduate registration is not permitted for this section.

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Full-time JHU degree candidates must obtain permission from Judy Holzer or Pam Davis in HPM to register for this class section.

For consent, contact:

Special Comments:

This course will be offered for 3-days in Barcelona Spain. Students must travel to Barcelona to participate. The final exam will be due to the instructor no later than December 20, 2019.