Undergrads: Spring Courses – Environmental Health

Environmental Health Spring Courses

ENV H 105 Toxic Tales: Building Skills for Academic Success through the Study of Poisons (2) 
Designed to help first-year undergraduate students develop the study skills necessary for success through an exploration of the environmental health sciences and toxicology. Through a series of lectures, readings, case studies, group discussions, and student presentations, students are introduced to a variety of learning strategies. No Prerequisites, open to students in all majors.

ENV H 205 Environmental Health in Media (3) I&S
Explores how the perspective of filmmakers and documentaries can influence the public’s interpretation of environmental health issues, and examines the science and cultural norms that support both sides of the argument. Counts toward the Environmental Health Major and minor, and fulfills an admission prerequisite for the Public Health Major. No Prerequisites, open to students in all majors.

ENV H 311 Introduction to Environmental Health (3) I&S/NW
Relationship of people to their environment, how it affects their physical well-being and what they can do to influence the quality of the environment and to enhance the protection of their health. Emphasis on environmental factors involved in transmission of communicable diseases and hazards due to exposure to chemical and physical materials in our environment. Counts toward the Environmental Health Major and minor. No Prerequisites, open to students in all majors.

ENV H 405 Toxic Chemicals and Human Health (3)
Examines the basic principles of toxicology and the effects of chemicals on human health. Includes mechanisms; dose/response relationships; toxicity testing, disposition in the body; modifiers of response; chemicals and cancer; birth defects; exposures in the home, workplace, and environment; and risk assessment and government regulation. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in BIOL 220; either 2.0 in CHEM 224, 2.0 in CHEM 239, or 2.0 in CHEM 337

ENV H 417 Case Studies in Children’s Environmental Health Disparities (3) (also fulfills the DIVERSITY Requirement!)
Introduces students to the ways in which children are disproportionately affected by environmental health hazards. Through a series of engaging case studies, student learn the core scientific concepts of children’s environmental health while exploring the social, cultural, regulatory, political, and economic factors that lead to children’s health disparities. Counts toward the Environmental Health Major and minor. No Prerequisites, open to students in all majors.

ENV H 439 One Health: Human and Animal Health in a Changing Environment (3) I&S/NW 
Case based exploration of the One Health concept, connecting human, animal, and environmental health. Topics include emerging zoonotic infectious diseases transmitted between humans and animals, animals as sentinels of environmental hazards, the human-animal bond, and the comparison of spontaneous diseases between human and animals. Includes two optional field trips. Counts toward the Environmental Health Major and minor. Open to students in all majors. Prerequisite: BIOL 180.

ENV H 441 Food Protection (3)
Study of identification and characteristics of chemicals and biological agents implicated in foodborne disease outbreaks and conditions or circumstances by which food contamination occurs. Examination of food protection activities conducted by local and state government at the retail level. Counts toward the Environmental Health Major and minor. Open to students in all majors. Prerequisite: either CHEM 120, CHEM 142, MICROM 301, or MICROM 410.

ENV H 442 Zoonotic Diseases and Their Control (3)
Examines the transmission and control of zoonotic and vector-borne diseases of public health importance in the United States and globally. Pays attention to identification, surveillance, and control methods. Counts toward the Environmental Health Major and minor. Open to students in all majors. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in BIOL 220

ENV H 447 Environmental Change and Infectious Disease (3)
Uses multidisciplinary approach to address the impacts of environmental change (including climate change) on infectious disease. Concepts include categories of environmental change; infectious disease emergence/re-emergence; environmental aspects of infectious disease exposure, acquisition, and progression; pathogen growth/survival in the environment; historical and societal perspectives; surveillance; and strategies for control. Counts toward the Environmental Health Major and minor. Open to students in all majors.

ENV H 460 Occupational Safety Management (3)
Explores industrial organization and methods of integrating safety and industrial hygiene programs with industrial operations. Investigates issues related to industrial safety and health such as responsibility for safety, dependency on safe practice, and hierarchy of prevention.

ENV H 473 Environmental Health Policy and Practice (3) I&S
Explores how environmental health problems are controlled in the United States. Examines both the policies and practices of environmental health. Looks at how various government programs are established, organized, and operated to prevent or control hazards in the community. Also examines the legal and regulatory framework.


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