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: This course will convey the basic concepts of occupational and environmental exposure science: the fundamental and practical aspects of assessing and controlling exposures to hazardous agents, broadly defined, encountered in occupational, residential, and ambient environments. The course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to assess exposure, and understand how upstream processes create risks for health. Major topics include: the regulatory landscape; prevention and sustainability (by design); recognition and evaluation of the various pathways and routes of exposure to chemical, physical, and biological hazards; air, water, soil, surface, food, and consumer product contamination; control hierarchies, strategies, and technologies, criteria, and standards; the international dimension; and ethical issues.
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.
Description: Lectures, discussions, demonstrations on the health effects, measurements methods, regulations, and control technologies related to physical health hazards encountered in occupational settings, including temperature extremes, noise, vibration, and lasers and other forms of non-ionizing radiation (rf, microwave, IR, visible, and UV).