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Principles of Environmental Health

East Baltimore
1st Term
Environmental Health and Engineering
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
Class Time(s)
M, W, 1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Presents concepts, principles, and applications underlying the field of environmental health. Includes topics: contaminant sources, fate and transport, exposure and dose, study design in toxicology, climate change, environmental justice, and the built environment. Emphasizes policy, practice, and systems-based approaches. Focuses on discussions and exercises on reviewing current environmental health issues in the media, evaluating peer-reviewed literature on these issues, and deliberating on potential opportunities for prevention and intervention.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe the sources and range of hazards to human health that exist within the environment
  2. Explain behavioral and psychological factors that impact environmental health
  3. Explain the social, political, and economic determinants related to environmental and health inequities
  4. Explain how globalization affects global burden of disease, and equity in well-being, health outcomes, and access to care
  5. Evaluate studies of potentially-toxic exposures and adverse health effects, in both animals and humans
  6. Identify policies to mitigate, measure and prevent adverse health effects caused by environmental or occupational hazards
  7. Interpret articles from the current environmental health literature
  8. Identify current and emerging environmental problems that pose a risk to public health
  9. Identify the contribution that environmental health practice makes within public health
  10. Explain an ecological perspective on the connections among human health, animal health, and ecosystem health
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 15% Active participation in discussions
  • 30% Assignments
  • 55% Exam(s)
Enrollment Restriction
Enrollment limited to degree-seeking students in SPH graduate programs.