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Environmental and Occupational Health Policy Seminar

East Baltimore
4th term
Environmental Health and Engineering
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Thursday,  3:30 - 6:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Paul Locke

180.629 or consent of the instructor.


Uses a case-study approach to discuss the political, economic and scientific contexts of environmental and occupational health policy making. Covers the regulation of chemical and pesticide production and use, waste management, occupational health and safety, food safety, and international aspects of policy making. Emphasizes the critical analysis of specific case studies, involving specific decisions and current controversy, including the roles of risk assessment, cost benefit analysis, and the precautionary principle. Also covers the interactions of environmental and occupational health policy with international affairs, specifically trade and development.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe the institutions, laws, and processes that are utilized in occupational and environmental health policy in the U.S. a. Describe the national, state, and local institutions involved in making environmental and occupational health policies b. Descr
  2. Critically evaluate the objectives and performance of policy making a. Explain policy documents (regulations, executive orders, court decisions, etc.) b. Identify and analyze the role of stakeholders in policymaking c. Perform a policy analysis using crit
  3. Apply policy making methods to problem identification and policy formulation a. Formulate environmental and occupational health problems in the terms of policy objectives b. Analyze the relationship between policies and problems c. compare policy making i
  4. Understand the international aspects of environmental and occupational health policy a. Describe the international aspects of environmental and occupational health issues b. Identify institutions and processes in international policy making c. Evaluate in
Methods of Assessment:

Students are expected to attend class and to actively participate in class discussion. Students will prepare and orally present a comprehensive case study. Also, students will prepare brief written evaluations of case studies presented by other student.

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Requires consent if student has not taken 180.629.

For consent, contact:

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