Description: Students taking this course will learn how to conduct statistical analyses of human exposures, and will apply these skills to a dataset containing exposure and health outcome data. They will also develop skills for understanding, interpreting, and communicating exposure information and for identifying and communicating evidence-based risk management recommendations.
Course Goals: This course will give students the opportunity to conduct an in-depth analysis of a single dataset over the course of one semester. The dataset will contain human exposure and health outcome data. Students will apply the exposure analysis techniques discussed in lectures - and any additional techniques they are familiar with and wish to apply - and will also develop skills for understanding.
Competencies: Students will be be able to: 1) Conduct analyses of exposure and health effect data using a common statistical program; 2) Identify and address common limitations of exposure and health effect data; 3) Identify appropriate analytical techniques for exposure and health effect data; 4) Describe and provide rationale for decisions made in exposure and health effect analyses; 5) Articulate key results of exposure and health effect analyses: 6) Compare analytical results to available risk estimates to determine consistency of their findings with other published literature; and 7) Develop and communicate evidence-based risk management recommendations.
Description: Lectures, discussions, demonstrations on the health effects, measurements methods, regulations, and control technologies related to physical hazards, including temperature extremes, noise, vibration, lasers, non-ionizing radiation (rf, microwave, IR, visible, and UV), and ionizing radiation.
Prerequisites: MPH, MHI, or MHSA Residential Students Only or By Instructor Permission
This course is Both Residential and Online
Description: Many public health outcomes are directly influenced by human contact with the environment. This course will explore an important discipline within public health, environmental health sciences- that is, the study of how environmental factors affect human health and disease. We will apply environmental health and systems thinking principles to evaluate several major threats to public health: climate change, the built environment, and environmental justice issues. We will also assess the effectiveness of policies designed to address and reduce the threats presented by these and other issues.
Course Goals: After completion of the course, students should be able to:--Apply systems thinking approaches to environmental health problems -- Evaluate environmental health policies for their impact on public health and health equity --Recognize common environmental and occupational hazards and their impacts on health --Understand how environmental health issues relate to their own lives
Competencies: After completion of this course, students should be able to: --Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity (CEPH 15) --Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue (CEPH 22) --Recognize common environmental and occupational hazards and the health impacts they cause (SPH M1) -- Recommend appropriate exposure controls to reduce health impacts of environmental and occupational hazards
Learning Objectives: After completion of the course, students should be able to: --Explain the critical importance of evidence in advancing public health knowledge (CEPH LO 6)--Explain effects of environmental factors on a population's health (CEPH LO 7, linked to competency M1, CEPH C15) --Explain how globalization affects global burdens of disease (CEPH LO 11, linked to competency CEPH C22) --Apply process mapping methods to systematically evaluate the generation and movement of environmental hazards on the public (linked to competency CEPH C22) --Explain the impact of pollution control policies on public health outcomes (linked to competency CEPH C15) --Explain how environmental and occupational exposures can be measured and connected to human health (linked to competency M1) --Explain why a focus on sensitive and vulnerable groups is critical in environmental health science (linked to competency CEPH C15) --Explain strategies that can be applied to reduce environmental and occupational hazards