Courses Taught by Olivier Jolliet

EHS540 Sustainability and Environmental Health

  • Graduate level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Cole, Suzanne; Jolliet, Olivier; Batterman, Stuart;
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: This course links environmental health and sustainability issues with the goal of developing sustainable strategies. It addresses environmental health determinants, underlying drivers and stressors, environmental metrics, exposures and impacts, assessment tools, and sustainable solutions. These concepts are applied to sustainable and healthy cities, transportation, food, energy, and consumer product systems.
  • Course Goals: 1. To understand the major risk factors that affect human and global environmental health. 2. To critically identify key drivers, stresses and health impacts associated with main domains of consumption and human activity. 3. To understand the analytical methods and underlying science used to evaluate sustainability, assess human health impacts, and contrast footprints (e.g., for carbon, water). 4. To be able to formulate the key principles leading towards sustainable and healthy solutions for the major domains of consumption and human activity.
  • Competencies: The proposed course will enable students: 1) To be able to identify major human health risk factors and their underlying causes, including environmental and nutritional determinant factors that impact human health status; 2) To be able to define, analyze and interpret principles of sustainable production and consumption in specific domains; 3) To be able to apply life cycle-based footprint tools and other metrics to quantify sustainability and health impact of products, organizations, and systems; and 4) To be able to define sustainability goals, interpret appropriate metrics, and apply problem-solving skills at organizational or corporate levels.
  • Learning Objectives: *This course contributes in particular to the following undergraduate competencies and program domains: a) Science of Exposure and Human Health: it explains the underlying sciences and relationship between sustainable consumption and human health, proposing environmental metrics, exposure and impact assessment tools, and addressing opportunities for preventing impacts and protecting health across the life course. b) Determinants of Health: This course describes the underlying drivers and stressors, as well as the environmental health and nutritional determinant factors that impact human health status. c) Problem Solving: Student will develop and apply problem-solving skills to develop sustainable solutions applicable to sustainable and healthy cities, transportation, food, energy, and consumer product systems.
  • This course is cross-listed with PUBHLTH 440 in the SPH undergraduate program department.

EHS604 Professional Perspectives in Environmental Health

  • Graduate level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 2 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Jolliet, Olivier
  • Prerequisites: Grad Status, Completion of approved internship, research or practical experience
  • Description: This project-oriented course provides the student the opportunity to integrate academic principles, practical skills and concepts in environmental health as related to the broader scope of public health. Students will carry out a 2 credit hour applied group project, having to synthesize their acquired knowledge from different courses and subplans to address real world problems. Students will provide oral presentation (intermediary and final) and written reports on the conducted project. This culminating capstone course will be elected during the professional students last fall term in residence.

EHS672 Life cycle assessment: Human health and environmental impacts

  • Graduate level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Jolliet, Olivier
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: This 3-hour course describes how consumption and products affect environmental risks and impacts on human health and on ecosystems. Based on a life cycle approach, this course will first provide an overview of the impacts generated by consumers and by the students themselves. How to carry out Life Cycle Assessment (LCA ) of products and services will then be presented. For the Life Cycle Impact Assessment phase, a special focus will be given to the characterization of comparative risks of toxics substances on human health and ecosystems. This leads to discussion of the potentials and limitations of LCA compared to other assessment tools such as risk assessment and environmental impact assessment. Practical case studies will be taken from multiple consumption domains, from agriculture and food production up to electronic services.
  • Syllabus for EHS672

EHS674 Environmental and Health Risk Modeling

  • Graduate level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Jolliet, Olivier
  • Prerequisites: Good knowledge in calculus
  • Description: EHS 674 uses a hands-on approach to experiment and interpret modeling techniques applied to environmental health assessment. It first addresses steady-state multi-media modeling, exposure modeling, dermal uptake and pharmacokinetic modeling. It then expands the theory to dynamic modeling and Monte-Carlo approaches applied to probalistic risk assessment.
  • Course Goals: 1.To understand and apply multimedia models of fate and exposure as well as diagnostic tools to predict masses of contaminants in the environment, in order to evaluate the resulting exposures, impacts, and human health risks. 2.To apply and interpret Pharmacologically Based PharmacoKinetic (PBPK) models for risk assessment. 3.To test methods for the assessment of bacterial risks and the propagation of antibiotic resistance. 4.To introduce dynamic modeling, Monte Carlo simulations for probabilistic risk and uncertainty propagation in models.
  • Competencies: 1. To be able to use and interpret a parsimonious multi-media model and apply it to case studies. 2. To be able to assess dynamic behaviors in the environment and in humans, using PBPK models. 3. To be able to understand and critique modeling studies, including model evaluation and sensitivity and uncertainty analyses. 4. To be able to assess the development of antibiotic resistance.
  • Syllabus for EHS674

PUBHLTH340 Sustainability and Environmental Health

  • Undergraduate level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Batterman, Stuart; Jolliet, Olivier; Staff;
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: This course links environmental health and sustainability issues with the goal of developing sustainable strategies. It addresses environmental health determinants, underlying drivers and stressors, environmental metrics, exposures and impacts, assessment tools, and sustainable solutions. These concepts are applied to sustainable and healthy cities, transportation, food, energy, and consumer product systems.
  • Course Goals: 1. To understand the major risk factors that affect human and global environmental health. 2. To critically identify key drivers, stresses and health impacts associated with main domains of consumption and human activity. 3. To understand the analytical methods and underlying science used to evaluate sustainability, assess human health impacts, and contrast footprints (e.g., for carbon, water). 4. To be able to formulate the key principles leading towards sustainable and healthy solutions for the major domains of consumption and human activity.
  • Competencies: The proposed course will enable students: 1) To be able to identify major human health risk factors and their underlying causes, including environmental and nutritional determinant factors that impact human health status; 2) To be able to define, analyze and interpret principles of sustainable production and consumption in specific domains; 3) To be able to apply life cycle-based footprint tools and other metrics to quantify sustainability and health impact of products, organizations, and systems; and 4) To be able to define sustainability goals, interpret appropriate metrics, and apply problem solving skills at organizational or corporate levels.
  • Learning Objectives: *This course contributes in particular to the following undergraduate competencies and program domains: a) Science of Exposure and Human Health: it explains the underlying sciences and relationship between sustainable consumption and human health, proposing environmental metrics, exposure and impact assessment tools, and addressing opportunities for preventing impacts and protecting health across the life course. b) Determinants of Health: This course describes the underlying drivers and stressors, as well as the environmental health and nutritional determinant factors that impact human health status. c) Problem Solving: Student will develop and apply problem-solving skills to develop sustainable solutions applicable to sustainable and healthy cities, transportation, food, energy, and consumer product systems.