Environmental Health Sciences Fall Term Courses

EHS500 Principles of Environmental Health Sciences

  • Graduate Level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Neitzel, Richard
  • 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.
  • Syllabus for EHS500

EHS510 Responsible Conduct in Research and Scholarship

  • Graduate Level
  • Fall, Winter term(s)
  • 1 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Batterman, Stuart
  • Description: Responsible Conduct in Research and Scholarship --- This course provides training in 8 modules: (1) Research and Academic Misconduct; (2) Intellectual Property; (3) Responsible Authorship and Publications; (4) Human Subject Research and IRBs; (5) Animal Use and Care; (6) Mentor/Mentee Relationships; (7) Conflict of interest; and (8) Research and Scholarship in Society and the Global Marketplace.
  • Course Goals: The course has two primary goals: 1. To provide MPH, MS, and PhD students, as well as postdoctoral fellows, in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences with comprehensive training in the responsible conduct of research and scholarship. 2. To fulfill the NIH and NSF mandates for individual and institutional grant holders to trainall personnel supported by these awards in RCRS practices.
  • Competencies: To understand and follow the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct in eight key areas: 1. Research and Academic Misconduct - Fraud, Fabrication, and Plagiarism 2. Intellectual Property - Data Storage and Ownership 3. Responsible Authorship and Publications - Peer Review 4. Human Subjects Research and IRBs 5. Animal Use and Care - Laboratory Safety and Responsibilities 6. Mentor/Mentee Relationships 7. Conflict of Interest - Personal, Professional, and Financial 8. Research and Scholarship in Society and in the Global Workplace
  • Learning Objectives: Responsible Conduct in Research and Scholarship --- This course provides training in 8 modules: (1) Research and Academic Misconduct; (2) Intellectual Property; (3) Responsible Authorship and Publications; (4) Human Subject Research and IRBs; (5) Animal Use and Care; (6) Mentor/Mentee Relationships; (7) Conflict of interest; and (8) Research and Scholarship in Society and the Global Marketplace.

EHS550 Introduction to Occupational and Environmental Health

  • Graduate Level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Staff
  • Not offered 2018-2019
  • Prerequisites: Grad Status or Senior Standing
  • Description: Discussion of the basic concepts of occupational and environmental hygiene; recognition and evaluation of chemical,physical and biological hazards; the human environment; control hierarchies, strategies and technologies; personal protection; criteria and standards; the international dimension; and ethical issues. The course provides basic underpinnings of the nature of theory and practice in occupational and environmental hygiene, and thus provides a structural framework for thinking about the field, identifying linkages between disciplines and specialties, and providing a platform for more advanced study in the individual areas listed. The course is offered as a three-credit course in both the regular term and in the OJ/OC format.

EHS570 Water Quality Management

  • Graduate Level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Xi, Chuanwu
  • Description: Principles of science and engineering used in the evaluation and control of water quality. Includes current legislation, types of pollution, sources and nature of pollution, introduction to water quality management practices, water supply and treatment, hydrologic concepts, effects of waste discharge on receiving waters, lake management, and water quality criteria and standards.

EHS572 Environmental Impact Assessment (NRE 514)

  • Graduate Level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 2 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Batterman, Stuart
  • Prerequisites: EHS 574, Grad Status
  • Description: A comprehensive framework for predicting and evaluating environmental impacts is presented. The course emphasizes the theory, application, integration and evaluation of models simulating transport and fate of contaminants in air, surface and ground water, and soil. Case studies and computer exercises demonstrate contemporary exposure and health risk assessment problems.
  • This course is cross-listed with NRE514 in the NRE department.
  • Syllabus for EHS572

EHS574 Environmental Chemistry

  • Graduate Level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Ault, Andrew
  • Prerequisites: General Chemistry (2 terms), additional courses in Organic Chemistry, Analytical, or Physical Chemistry are advised; Undergraduates may enroll with instructor consent.
  • Description: Environmental chemistry is the study of natural processes in the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere, as well as how mankind alters these systems. Natural cycles in the environment, perturbations due to human activity, steps being taken to mitigate these effects, and the impacts on human health and climate will be covered.
  • This course is cross-listed with CHEM474, CHEM574.

EHS578 Practical Projects

  • Graduate Level
  • Fall, Winter, Spring, Spring-Summer, Summer term(s)
  • 1-4 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Staff
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: Practical Projects in the application of theory and principles of Environmental Health Sciences in public health settings. Course requirements include an approved practical work experience related to Environmental Health Sciences in consultation with a faculty advisor. May be elected more than once. Enrollment limited to Environmental Health Sciences majors with at least two full terms of prior registration.

EHS581 Principles of Radiological Health

  • Graduate Level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 1 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s):
  • Offered every other year
  • Last offered Fall 2016
  • Not offered 2018-2019
  • Prerequisites: Calculus
  • Description: Broad principles and practices of radiological health for environmental and occupational health generalists. Basic physics, measurement, control of radiation sources and bioeffects, risks, and control policies. Lectures and demonstrations.

EHS588 Environmental Law (SNRE 475)

  • Graduate Level
  • Fall, Winter term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Staff
  • Description: Introduces students to Environmental Law and the impact of the legal process on decisions that affect the environment. Topics include common law tort actions, toxic tort actions, statutory controls of pollution and other environmentally harmful activities. Additional areas include administrative agency structure and performance, Constitutional rights to environmental quality and more.

EHS601 Exposure Science and Health

  • Graduate Level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Meeker, John; Dvonch, Tim;
  • 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.

EHS602 Essentials of Toxicology

  • Graduate Level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Colacino, Justin
  • Description: This course examines basic concepts of occupational and environmental toxicology, including uptake, distribution, metabolic conversion, and elimination of toxic agents, as well as the fundamental models used to describe the interaction of xenobiotic agents with biological systems. The course focuses on the application of these concepts to the assessment of exposures, estimates for risk of disease, establishment of appropriate limits on exposures and ambient levels of toxic materials/agents, and understanding and prevention of mortality and morbidity resulting from environmental exposure to toxic substances through a case study format.
  • Syllabus for EHS602

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.
  • Course Goals: At the end of the course students are expected to be able to: G1) formulate an addressable problem from an ill-posed question; G2) propose plausible solutions to challenges in areas within and outside your expertise; G3) function effectively as a member of a multi-faceted team; G4) lead a diverse group of people in addressing new challenges; and G5) communicate effectively with colleagues.
  • Competencies: Students taking this class are expected on its completion to be able to: C1) formulate an addressable problem from an ill-posed question; C2) develop plausible solutions to challenges in areas within and outside their expertise; C3) function as an effective member of a multi-disciplinary and multi-expertise team; C4) demonstrate effective written and oral skills for communicating with different audiences in the context of professional public health activities; C5) demonstrate team building and conflict management skills; C6) apply evidence-based principles and the scientific knowledge base to critical evaluation and addressing of public health problems; C7) appreciate the importance of working collaboratively with diverse communities agencies and organizations.

EHS616 Introduction to Toxicological Pathology

  • Graduate Level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 2 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Bergin, Ingrid
  • Prerequisites: Physiology and EHS 511 or equivalent.
  • Description: This course will provide and introduction to the histologic damage produced by chemical toxicants. A combination of lectures, student-led discussions and slide-reading sessions will be used to integrate concepts of toxicological mechanism, physiology and pathologic outcome. Emphasis will be place on molecular methods and mechanisms used for the diagnosis and investigative toxicological pathology. The pathology associated with chemicals that damage the major organ systems of humans and mammals will be discussed. During the two credit hours of didactic class presentations student will lead discussions on the pathologic effects of chemicals on cells, tissues and organs and the pathophysiologic outcome. This course is intended for advanced graduate students in the life sciences.

EHS622 Mechanisms of Developmental Toxicology

  • Graduate Level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 2 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Harris, Craig
  • Not offered 2018-2019
  • Prerequisites: Grad Status, Biochem 515 or equiv
  • Description: Integration and analysis of scientific information to enhance understanding and elucidate biochemical and molecular mechanisms in developmental toxicology. Course emphasis is on student discussions of the theoretical and practical aspects of embryology as related to biochemical, physiological and molecular mechanisms of embryotoxicity based on readings from the scientific literature.

EHS623 Mechanisms of Reproductive Toxicology

  • Graduate Level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 2 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Loch Caruso, Rita
  • Last offered Fall 2016
  • Not offered 2018-2019
  • Prerequisites: Grad Status, Biochemistry, Physiology
  • Description: Analysis and integration of scientific information to enhance understanding of molecular and cellular mechanisms of reproductive toxicity. Emphasis is on student discussion of theoretical and practical aspects of mechanistic studies based on assigned reading from the scientific literature.

EHS640 Environmental Chemistry Laboratory

  • Graduate Level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 2 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Ault, Andrew
  • Not offered 2018-2019
  • Prerequisites: none
  • Description: Measuring concentrations of and changes to environmental pollutants in air, water, soil, and consumer products is central to understanding the impact of the environment on human health. This laboratory course will explore sampling methods and measurement techniques, which are important when considering different exposure to pollutants in the environment.
  • Course Goals: Students will gain hands-on experience with study design, laboratory measurements, monitoring equipment and sophisticated instrumentation. Students will sample both in the laboratory and the ambient environment as part of this experiential course to gain practical experience at environmental measurements.
  • Competencies: - Execute study design and planning for sampling in the ambient environment. - Conduct air and water sampling with a range of environmental monitoring equipment. - Carry out spatiotemporal analysis of pollutants over different spatial scales. - Be able to follow laboratory safety procedures and best safety practices relevant to an environmental workplace. - Be able to prepare of technical material regarding air, water, and consumer product sampling, through figure, tables, and written reports. - Be able to present and defend experimental data from environmental sampling to peers and instructor.
  • Learning Objectives: - Train students in hands-on operation of a range of methods and instrumentation used in air quality, water quality, and consumer products testing. - Teach students to develop sampling plans and approaches to study design. - Provide students practical experience with conducting research in a laboratory setting. - Explore the challenges and decisions that must be made when conducting ambient sampling, particularly in a restricted time window. - Gain experience transforming data from instrument outputs to presentable technical material.

EHS652 Evaluation of Chemical Hazards

  • Graduate Level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 3-4 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Zellers, Edward
  • Offered every year
  • Not offered 2018-2019
  • Prerequisites: Previous or concurrent enrollment in biostatistics course
  • Description: Concepts and techniques related to the evaluation of occupational exposures to gases, vapors, and aerosols. Emphasis on operating mechanisms and practical aspects of industrial hygiene air-monitoring equipment, characterizing exposure distributions, and developing sampling strategies. Lectures, laboratory exercises, demonstrations, problems, technical reports, and reading. Primarily for students in occupational health and safety.

EHS658 Physical Hazards

  • Graduate Level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 2 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Neitzel, Richard
  • Prerequisites: Graduate Standing or Perm. Instr.
  • 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.
  • Syllabus for EHS658

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

EHS688 Professional Development in Environmental Health Sciences I

  • Graduate Level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 0.5 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Ault, Andrew
  • 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 II

  • Graduate Level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 0.5 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Ault, Andrew
  • Prerequisites: Second year EHS MPH student
  • Description: This course is designed to connect training in EHS with the practical and complex challenges associated with working in professional organizations. As the second professional development course of the EHS Master of Public Health program, EHS 689 concludes and integrates the summer field experience with academic concepts.
  • Course Goals: The overall objective is to prepare students for a career in EHS, and to foster professional development. To achieve this goal, students taking this class are expected to learn about the following: -To enhance student skills in synthesizing, translating, and communicating environmental health-related information, data, and experiences -To provide students with the opportunity to learn from and interact with EHS professionals across the subdisciplines in EHS -To familiarize students with career resources that are available in EHS, the School of Public Health, and the University of Michigan -To prepare students to successfully obtain an EHS position upon graduation
  • Competencies: The overall expectation is that students will be able to use the knowledge and skills gained in this course to prepare for an EHS career in a multidisciplinary setting, and to integrate knowledge, skills, and abilities gained through academic coursework with practical, hands-on experience gained through the field experience. Specifically, students who complete this class are expected to be able to do the following: -Demonstrate effective written and oral skills for communicating with different audiences in the context of professional public health activities -Apply evidence-based principles and the scientific knowledge base to critical evaluation and decision-making in public health

EHS690 Practice in Global Environmental Health

  • Graduate Level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 2 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Xi, Chuanwu; Dvonch, Tim;
  • Prerequisites: Instructor Approval
  • Description: The course will be divided into three sections: Section 1, Introduction of a variety aspects of internships in global environmental health; Section 2, working with individual faculty (advisor) to select an international project and prepare funding applications; and Section 3; present the proposed project in class.

EHS697 Readings

  • Graduate Level
  • Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer term(s)
  • 1-3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Staff
  • Prerequisites: Perm. Instr
  • Description: Supervised study/review of a selected topic in environmental health, occupational health, nutrition and/or toxicology. May be elected more than once for a maximum of six credits.

EHS698 Research

  • Graduate Level
  • Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer term(s)
  • 1-6 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Staff
  • Prerequisites: Perm. Instr.
  • Description: Original research investigation of a special topic in environmental health, occupational health, nutrition and/or toxicology. May be elected more than once for a maximum of six credits.

EHS699 Master's Thesis

  • Graduate Level
  • Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer term(s)
  • 1 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Staff
  • Prerequisites: Perm of Thesis Advisor
  • Description: This course shall be elected by students enrolled in Master's degree programs that require a formal written thesis as a condition of program completion. The thesis shall be defended in front of the student's thesis committee. The course grade will reflect the student's accomplishments relative to the thesis and its defense. The course is to be elected only once.

EHS717 Toxicological Pathology Laboratory

  • Graduate Level
  • Fall, Winter term(s)
  • 1 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Staff
  • Prerequisites: EHS 616 or Perm. Instr.
  • Description: This laboratory course will provide an introduction to the histopathology associated with chemical exposures. Students will perform routine histological maneuvers on tissues from rats treated with “unknown” chemicals. Following microscopic inspection of tissues, students will describe the pathological process produced in each tissue and will identify the class of (or specific) chemical to which the organism was exposed.

EHS757 Occupational Health Aspects of Industrial Processes

  • Graduate Level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 2 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Schiller, Bert
  • Prerequisites: EHS 550 or equiv and Perm. Instr.
  • Description: Observation and discussion of selected industrial processes, potential hazards, and controls. Potential hazards include chemical, physical, biological, and ergonomic. Emphasis on application and integration of different aspects of occupational health management. Field trips to various industrial plants. Guest lectures and student-lead discussions. Intended for second-year Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Medicine students.

EHS796 Special Topics in Environmental Health Sciences

  • Graduate Level
  • Fall, Winter term(s)
  • 1-3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Staff
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: Lecture, seminars and readings selected on a current or emerging topic or theme in the environmental health sciences. The specific material and format will vary by semester and instructor.

EHS801 Research and Communication in the Environmental Health Sciences

  • Graduate Level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 2 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Dolinoy, Dana
  • Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.
  • Description: 'Research and Communication in the Environmental Health Sciences' is an upper graduate-level course designed for Doctoral Students. Other students and post-doctoral fellows/auditors are welcome, if space allows. The course will cover research and communication skills essential to graduate school success and a professional career in the environmental health sciences. EHS 801 will consist of lectures, discussion sessions, journal clubs, homework assignments, group activities, and several presentations. Guest lecturers will include Departmental Faculty and University communication specialists. Students will be strongly encouraged to integrate their own dissertation aims into all aspects of the seminar.

EHS869 Doctoral Seminar in Occupational and Environmental Health

  • Graduate Level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 1 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Loch Caruso, Rita
  • Prerequisites: EHS Doctoral Student Status
  • Description: Integrative discussions of dissertation research projects, presentation of research findings, in-depth literature reviews/critiques, and manuscript reviews in occupational and environmental health.

EHS899 Advanced Research

  • Graduate Level
  • Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer term(s)
  • 1-6 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Staff
  • Prerequisites: Perm. Instr.
  • Description: Original investigations of a specific topic in environmental health, occupational health, nutrition and/or toxicology. Designed for doctoral students performing research prior to passing their qualifying exam. May be elected more than once.

EHS990 Dissertation/Pre-Candidacy

  • Graduate Level
  • Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer term(s)
  • 1-8 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Staff
  • Description: Election for dissertation work by doctoral students not yet admitted to status as candidate.

EHS995 Dissertation Research for Doctorate in Philosophy

  • Graduate Level
  • Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer term(s)
  • 8 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Staff
  • Description: Election for dissertation work by doctoral students who have been admitted to status as candidate.