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552.607.81 Essentials of Environmental Health

3rd term
0.5 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Mon 01/20/2020 - Sun 02/16/2020
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Course Facilitator

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


Summarizes the public health impact of environmental agents (e.g. chemical, biological, physical) present in air, water, soil, food, and the community. Discusses how these agents cause adverse health effects as well as ways to assess the risk of such effects and apply strategies for preventive interventions. Presents systems that have major impacts on environmental health, as well as applications of the science in the real domestic and international world. Through four modules: Foundations; Exposures in Air, Water and Food; Systems; and Cases, exemplifies effects of specific environmental exposures.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe the foundations of environmental health, including toxicology and risk assessment
  2. List the main types of environmental exposures that impact domestic and international public health
  3. Use examples to explain the importance of systems thinking in environmental health, such as the climate or the built environment
  4. Discuss applications of environmental health to solve issues in the workplace or community
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 20% Participation
  • 40% Interim
  • 40% Final Exam

Instructor Consent:

No consent required