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The Health Effects of Indoor and Outdoor Air Pollution

4th term
Environmental Health and Engineering
3 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Asynchronous Online
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Kirsten Koehler

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


Ambient and indoor air pollution are major contributors to the global burden of disease. Are you curious about the sources, chemical transformation and measurement of pollutants in the atmosphere? Are you interested in how exposures to pollutants lead to health effects?

Provides a broad understanding of air pollution, it's sources, transport and exposure. Examines important atmospheric chemistry and measurement methods. Discusses the relationship between air pollution and health effects. Includes topics such as oxidant pollutants, sulfur dioxide and acid aerosols, particulates, bioaerosols, volatile organic compounds, and indoor air pollution. Also covers host susceptibility factors, the influence of global warming, and regulation and public policy.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Identify air quality problems (indoors and outdoors) globally
  2. Explain the air pollution regulatory process in the United States
  3. Explain the important chemical cycles and structure of the atmosphere
  4. Explain air pollutant sources, chemical transformation, transport, and exposures
  5. Examine relationships between air pollution exposures and acute and chronic health outcomes
  6. Discuss the science of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention in population health, including health promotion, screening, etc.
  7. Explain effects of environmental factors on a population’s health
  8. Explain biological and genetic factors that affect a population’s health
  9. Explain how globalization affects global burdens of disease
  10. Explain an ecological perspective on the connections among human health, animal health and ecosystem health (eg, One Health)
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 35% Homework
  • 35% Final Exam
  • 5% Participation
  • 25% Project(s)

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent is required for undergraduate students.

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Special Comments:

It is recommended that students have completed an undergraduate level chemistry course prior to taking this course.