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Introduction to Environmental and Occupational Health Law

4th term
Environmental Health and Engineering
4 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor :
Paul Locke

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


Examines US and international environmental and occupational health laws and regulations. Covers significant US federal laws, such as the Clean Air Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, Superfund, the Toxic Substances Control Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, the Resource, Conservation and Recovery Act and significant international treaties and laws, such as the European Union’s REACH legislation, with a particular emphasis on how they influence public health intervention strategies. Also introduces students to the agencies that administer worker health and environmental protection programs.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Identify and describe significant environmental and occupational health laws and regulations
  2. Explain public health history, philosophy and values in environmental and occupational health
  3. Identify and describe the significant agencies and institutions charged with protecting environmental and worker health
  4. Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of these laws and regulations
Methods of Assessment:

Homework 1- 20%, Homework 2- 20%, Final Exam- 40%, Participation (Discussion Forum, Lectures, LiveTalks)- 20%

Instructor Consent:

No consent required