Undergraduates are allowed to enroll in this course.
Description: This course provides a broad overview of some of the most important and current challenges to human health from environmental and occupational risk factors while teaching the basic knowledge and multi-disciplinary skills used to assess, control, and prevent them. We will address specific threats, such as outdoor and indoor air pollution, toxic metals, pesticides, radiation and occupational stressors; analyze impacts on specific diseases and injuries, such as cardiovascular disease, asthma, cancer, musculoskeletal injuries and impaired child development;; and introduce emerging threats, such as the hormone-mimicing potential of plastic chemicals and the impact of global climate change on heat-related mortality and shifting patterns of infectious disease. Emphasis will also be given to understanding the worsening environmental health impacts of industrialization on developing countries, the effects of globalization, such as the growing movement of hazardous industries, products, and wastes across borders. and the rise of the environmental justice movement. The course fulfills the MPH core competency in environmental health and is also open to students in LSA and other UM graduate schools. A basic understanding (high school level) of human biology and chemistry is recommended.
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.