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Applied Environmental Health Practice

2nd Term
Environmental Health and Engineering
Academic Year
2024 - 2025
Instruction Method
Synchronous Online
Class Time(s)
M, W, 1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year

180.609 Principles of Environmental Health or 180.601 Environmental Health

Apply your environmental health knowledge to meaningfully address real-world issues. This service-learning course provides an opportunity to use what you’ve learned in other environmental health courses to partner with community-based organizations in Baltimore and beyond. Such experience helps to build skills in teamwork, communication, and project management.
Applies principles of environmental health to a real-world problem impacting a community in our own backyard. Investigates the driving forces that underlie these complex environmental health issues. Explores strategies for assessment and intervention. Integrates the lived experiences of community members and students wherever possible. Incorporates group work, so students are expected to coordinate schedules with each other and the community-based organization. Students practice skills in project management and data analysis—enacting theoretical principles of environmental health learned in previous classes—while working in a group setting. The combination of these practical skills and theoretical foundations are fundamental in today’s professional practice.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe the history of Hopkins in East Baltimore
  2. Explain the goal of critical service-learning
  3. Identify multi-disciplinary approaches to solving environmental health problems
  4. Develop ways to translate research into practice
  5. Create strategies to address the multiplicity of factors that often drive seemingly simple environmental health issues
  6. Explain their attitudes about working with community members
  7. Develop awareness of one’s own role in various group situations
  8. Describe the historical context of the issue identified by the community group
  9. Demonstrate soft skills required to work in team settings, such as communication, diplomacy, accepting constructive criticism, active listening, professionalism
  10. List top five pieces of knowledge gained from this class
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 15% Quizzes
  • 5% Peer-feedback
  • 30% Discussion
  • 25% Final Project
  • 15% Reflection
  • 5% Service-learning Evaluation
  • 5% Submission of Plan
Enrollment Restriction
Undergrads not permitted
Special Comments

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