Courses Taught by Thomas Robins

EHS603: Occupational and Environmental Disease

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Robins, Thomas (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Undergraduates are allowed to enroll in this course.
  • Description: This course will focus on selected topics in occupational and environmental disease, including an understanding of causation and assessing the scientific literature. The goal will be to cover major toxins/exposures and also key organ systems and/or disease categories, reviewing conditions of historical significance as well as current relevance, all within the concepts and contexts of occupational and environmental epidemiology. Major health effects and disease categories to be covered include: lung diseases related to asbestos and other pneumoconiotic dusts; immunologic lung diseases such as asthma and hypersensitivity pneumonitis; illness caused by organic solvents and persistent organics; pesticide related diseases; occupational skin disease; occupational hearing loss; occupational infectious diseases; illness caused by metals such as lead, mercury, arsenic, and cadmium; environmental and occupational carcinogens; health effects of ionizing radiation including radon; health issues related to outdoor air pollution and indoor air quality including building related illness and mold; health effects of shift work and the built environment; issues of reproductive health; disparities in occupational and environmental health; and other selected topics.
Concentration Competencies that EHS603 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
EHS Environmental Health Promotion and Policy MPH Recognize adverse health consequences of common environmental and occupational exposures EHS603
EHS Environmental Health Sciences MPH Recognize adverse health consequences of common environmental and occupational exposures to chemical, physical, and biological hazards EHS603
EHS Environmental Health Sciences MS Recognize adverse health consequences of common environmental and occupational exposures to chemical, physical, and biological hazards EHS603
EHS Industrial Hygiene MS Explain the physiological, toxicological, and/or biomechanical interactions of physical, chemical, biological, mechanical, and ergonomic agents, factors, and/or stressors found in the workplace with the human body EHS603, EHS556, EHS602

EHS687: Professional Development in Environmental Health Sciences I

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall term(s) for residential students;
  • 0.5 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Robins, Thomas (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Advisory Prerequisites: The course is open to all EHS MPH students who are in the 1st term of their 1st year in the program.
  • Description: This course is an introduction to professional development. Students will learn about: many aspects of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, and resources available in SPH and in the broader U-M environment. It includes introductions to required Learning Agreements, Internships, and the Applied Practical Experience (APEx).
  • Learning Objectives: Students who complete this class are expected to be able to do the following: - Define their internship interests and pursue internship that fulfills APEx requirements - Produce professional documents (e.g. resume) to facilitate obtaining an internship - Identify and access available career and library resources - Prepare to meet APEx requirements by learning about APEx plans, learning agreements, and products.

EHS688: Professional Development in Environmental Health Sciences I

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall term(s) for residential students;
  • 0.5 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Robins, Thomas (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: This course is designed to introduce students to the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, resources available in School of Public Health and the broader University of Michigan environment, to prepare students for their internship experience, and to introduce students to different types of careers in environmental health.

EHS689: Professional Development in Environmental Health Sciences III

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall term(s) for residential students;
  • 0.5 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Robins, Thomas (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: Second year EHS MPH student
  • Advisory Prerequisites: Completion of approved internship, research or practical experience.
  • Description: This course is designed to connect training in EHS with the complex challenges associated with working in professional organizations. As the third professional development course of the EHS MPH program, EHS 689 concludes and integrates the summer field experience, and completion of the Applied Practical Experience requirement, with academic concepts.