Course Objectives

Course Description:

Examine health issues, scientific understanding of causes, and possible future approaches to control of the major environmental health problems in industrialized and developing countries. Topics include: how the body reacts to environmental pollutants; physical, chemical, and biological agents of environmental contamination; vectors for dissemination (air, water, soil); solid and hazardous waste; susceptible populations; biomarkers and risk analysis; the scientific basis for policy decisions; and emerging global environmental health problems.

Goals:

  • Define the major sources and types of environmental agents and be able to discuss the transport & fate of these agents in the environment.
  • Identify the carriers or vectors that promote the transfer of these agents from the environment to the human and describe how these agents interact with biological systems, and the mechanisms by which they exert adverse health effects.
  • Explain and use models for prediction of the magnitude of adverse effects in biological systems.
  • Identify and define the steps in the risk-assessment and risk-management processes.
  • Describe the steps in the regulatory process in terms of risk assessment and risk management and identify current legislation and regulation regarding environmental issues.
  • Identify significant gaps in the current knowledge base concerning the health effects of environmental agents and identify areas of uncertainty in the risk-assessment process.

I can’t wait to teach this course!!! Hopefully, the students will be equally excited about learning the material as I am about teaching it!!!

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3 Responses to Course Objectives

  1. hhfowler says:

    Sorry, I didn’t say what the course was…

    It’s “Introduction to Environmental Health”

  2. Dr. Metzker says:

    This course has great potential for linking with other courses and initiatives on campus. The green fee will soon be announcing a “Request for Proposals” to fund collaborative projects that will result in greening our campus. This course seems like a great incubator for those kinds of projects. 🙂

  3. cbzehnder says:

    This course looks so cool – I think a lot of our environmental science majors would be interested in this class (I coordinate the ENSC program). And I don’t know if you’d be interested, but maybe in the future we could co-teach an upper-level version of this class (1 section for ENSC students and 1 section for kinesiology students) – just a thought. You goals are student centered and easy to measure. My only suggestion is to modify one or two of your goals to include some higher order goals – and really I think you are expecting your students to be doing a lot of these higher order skills already. For example your last goals ‘Identify significant gaps in the current knowledge base concerning the health effects of environmental agents and identify areas of uncertainty in the risk-assessment process.’ is probably more about analysis – students will be able to analyze our current knowledge base concerning the health effects of environmental agents and identify significant gaps and areas of uncertainty’.

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