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Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology

4th term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Synchronous Online
Class Times:
  • M W,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Eliseo Guallar

340.601 Principles of Epidemiology, OR 340.721 Epidemiologic Inference I, OR 340.751 Epidemiologic Methods 1 or equivalent


Introduces the key health effects of environmental and occupational exposures and the epidemiologic methods used to identify and estimate those effects. Emphasizes the interplay of methodological issues, including the assessment of environmental exposures and the understanding of specific disease processes in identifying the health impact of environmental exposures in the population. Learns about environmental and occupational exposures (including water and air pollution, food contamination, ionizing radiation, persistent environmental pollutants and emergent environmental exposures) and key methodological issues relevant for these exposures in population studies (including study design, exposure assessment and biomonitoring, disease clusters, dose-response relationships, susceptibility, geographic analysis, and evidence synthesis).

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Identify the major environmental and occupational risk factors for health-related outcomes in human populations
  2. Explain the key methodological issues relevant to the identification and estimation of the burden of disease caused by environmental factors
  3. Describe the pattern of burden of disease in a country using standard fertility and mortality indicators, estimates of disease burden measured in Disability-Adjusted Life Years (DALYs), data on disease incidence, prevalence, risk factors and geographic diistribution and the concept of epidemiologic transition
  4. Describe and analyze environmental and occupational health problems, and discuss exposure-disease relationships in human populations
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 30% Midterm Paper
  • 60% Final Exam
  • 10% Participation

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Jointly Offered With:
Special Comments:

This is the virtual/online section of a course also held onsite. You are responsible for the modality in which you register.