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Protecting the Environment and Safeguarding Worker Health: A Problem-Based Approach

Course Status

2nd Term
Environmental Health and Engineering
Academic Year
2024 - 2025
Instruction Method
Asynchronous Online
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Students should take this course if (1) they are interested in learning how to understand, address and design implementation strategies to reduce and/or eliminate environmental and occupational health challenges, and (2) they want to apply these implementation strategies to other fields of public health, and (3) they want to learn more about public health practice and evidence-based change is made.
Equips doctoral students with the skills to understand solutions for emerging environmental and occupational health problems. Organized around several real world environmental and occupational health scenarios. Offers students a chance to analyze and discuss how evidence-based science can be used to design and implement effective interventions. Provides students with the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the role that social justice and equity play in environmental and occupational health. Reviews how science, communication and policy interweave in public health decision-making, and shows how public health leaders can act to address environmental and occupational health threats and prepare communities to protect against them. Introduces the concept of a one health approach.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Propose effective, evidence-based environmental and occupational health interventions
  2. Evaluate how environmental and worker health problems arise in practice by investigating three real world situations
  3. Critique the social justice and environmental equity problems that confront public health practitioners and leaders seeking to solve environmental and occupational health problems
  4. Analyze and assess preparedness strategies and policies in environmental and occupational health
  5. Identify the interaction between science, communication, and policy in environmental and worker health problems, and develop strategies to prevent, and/or confront them when they arise
  6. Communicate public health science to diverse stakeholders, including individuals at all levels of health literacy, for purposes of influencing behavior and policies
  7. Propose strategies to promote inclusion and equity within public health programs, policies and systems
  8. Understand the one health approach in public health and its application to environmental and occupational health problems
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 40% Homework
  • 50% Group Work
  • 10% Participation
Enrollment Restriction
Undergrads not permitted