Environmental Health Sciences Winter Term Courses

EHS504 Genes and the Environment

  • Graduate Level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 2 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Rozek, Laura
  • Last offered Winter 2017
  • Prerequisites: None.
  • Description: In past years disease causation frequently was thought of as a "dichotomy" between genes ("nature") and the environment ("nurture"). More recently this view has been replaced with a more holistic perspective that emphasizes the importance of interactions between genes and environmental and/or occupational exposures. The focus of this course will be on interaction between genes and specific environmental and/or occupational exposures. The course will consist of detailed evaluation of specific examples of gene-exposure interaction (e.g., beryllium-related lung disease, peripheral neurotoxicity from organophosphate pesticides, bladder cancer and amine exposure) the underlying science of such examples, medical consequences, potential policy and social implications of current and future scientific knowledge, and review of current and pending legislation that address these issues. The course will meet for one two-hour session per week, and will be conducted in an advanced seminar-style format. Student will be expected to make presentations and lead discussion, in addition to presentations by faculty and outside guests. Student evaluations will be based on written reports, class participation and class presentation.

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.

EHS540 Sustainability and Environmental Health

  • Graduate Level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): 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.

EHS556 Occupational Ergonomics

  • Graduate Level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 2 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Staff
  • Offered every other year
  • Last offered Winter 2017
  • Description: Principles, concepts and procedures concerned with worker performance, health and safety. Topics include: biomechanics, job safety, anthropometry, work physiology, psychophysics, work stations, tools, work procedures, work standards, Musculoskeletal disorders, noise, vibration, heat stress and the analysis and design of work.

EHS576 Biological Agents

  • Graduate Level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 2 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Xi, Chuanwu
  • Prerequisites: Biology, Chem, Grad Standing or Perm. Instr.
  • Description: Biological agents in the environment that have a substantial impact on human health.

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.

EHS582 Principles of Community Air Pollution

  • Graduate Level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Dvonch, Tim
  • Description: Discussion of economic, nuisance, and health aspects, emphasizing sources, causes, effects, control measures, and the organization and administration of community control programs.

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.

EHS603 Occupational and Environmental Disease

  • Graduate Level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Robins, Thomas
  • 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.

EHS608 Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology

  • Graduate Level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): O'Neill, Marie
  • Description: Introduces topics in environmental and occupational epidemiology, methods to evaluate health effects of exposures in environment and workplace, and policy and public health applications. Lectures cover key environmental and occupational epidemiology research; student-led discussions critique current literature. Students learn about scope, limitations, applications and future of environmental and occupational epidemiology.
  • This course is cross-listed with This course is already cross-listed with EPID 608. in the Epidemiology department.

EHS612 Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology

  • Graduate Level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Harris, Craig
  • Not offered 2018-2019
  • Prerequisites: Biol Chem 515 or equivalent, EHS 511
  • Description: The objective of this course is to provide an in-depth analysis of the biochemical and molecular pathways altered in cells and organisms through exposure to environmental and therapeutic chemicals. The content is directed toward the needs of doctoral and masters students in the basic biomedical sciences involved in laboratory research projects. Topics will cover areas of modern research emphasis and focus on how chemicals act to disturb cellular processes through interaction with cellular receptors, ion channels, transporters, signal transduction pathways, transcription factors, metabolic pathways, enzymes, cytoskeletal elements and other macromolecular targets. Specific information about the latest theories on the regulation and initiation of cell death, mediation of toxicity through hredox status and oxidative stress, mechanisms of carcinogenesis, genoxicity and immunotoxicology will also be discussed.

EHS614 Water and Global Health

  • Graduate Level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 2 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Xi, Chuanwu
  • Description: Poor water quality, insufficient quantity and inadequate access to water are among the most serious threats to human health worldwide. This course analyzes the historical and contemporary roles that water plays on global health. Key drivers that affect water quality and quantity (with linkages to human health impacts) are investigated, including agriculture, climate change, population growth and urbanization, natural resources, international trade, and regional conflicts. Both theoretical and practical methods are used to examine real world cases. A systems framework is used to develop sustainable and appropriate solutions that consider individual, social, technological, and institutional factors.
  • Course Goals: Described under learning objectives and competences.
  • Competencies: C1 - compare and contrast historic and modern water-related public health issues and trends from different areas of the world, with an emphasis on inequity and sustainability C2 - articulate how globalization of the world's economies, cultures, production systems, and policies converge and interact to affect water quality and quantity C3 - find, analyze, manage, and interpret science-based data from international and global resources that may be used to tackle key issues related to water supply, security, sanitation, and waste C4 - apply social ecology models to conceptually link ecosystem services and human well-being with respect to water, in consideration of economic, social, technological, and culture factors C5 - collaborate in multi-disciplinary teams and apply systems frameworks to address contemporary and complex environmental health issues via problem-solving and decision-making exercises C6 - propose and defend sustainable solutions to 'water and global health' at the societal-, organizational-, and individual-levels, and understand barriers to implementation C7 - develop and utilize logic models to link programmatic inputs, processes, and outputs, and evaluate the likelihood of success for programs designed to protect water resources
  • Learning Objectives: L1 - the historical role of water in shaping the growth and development of humans and societies L2 - similarities and differences of human health and disease issues across the world (e.g., developed versus developing nations, region X versus region Y) that are water-related L3 - how key drivers (e.g., population growth, agriculture, international trade, biodiversity, resource exploitation) exacerbate water supply, security, sanitation and waste L4 - the key biological, chemical, and physical stressors in water systems around the world L5 - systems approaches and how these may be used to tackle complex environmental health issues L6 -the roles of individuals, scientists, organizations (non-governmental, governmental), and nations in the management and sustainability of water resources L7 - sustainable solutions and evaluative schemes/metrics to 'water and global health' at the individual-, technological-, and institutional-levels

EHS617 Phytochemical Toxicology and Nutrition

  • Graduate Level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 2 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Harris, Craig
  • Not offered 2018-2019
  • Undergraduates are allowed to enroll in this course.
  • Description: This course explores the science behind beneficial and deleterious effects of phytochemicals, the chemical agents produced by plants and which are found in the foods that we eat and the medicines we use to treat disease. We will focus on oxidants, antioxidants, and the properties of specific classes of phytochemicals.
  • Course Goals: Examine the chemistry of free radicals, oxidants, reducing agents, and the phenomenon known as "oxidative stress". Learn what an antioxidant is and what it isn't. Evaluate claims regarding antioxidant properties in disease prevention. Learn the mechanistic basis for anti-cancer, anti-inflammation, and other beneficial effects of phytochemicals Review the major classes of phytochemicals found in foods and learn how they provide their beneficial properties, as well as how they may elicit toxicity and cause various adverse outcomes.
  • Competencies: Students should be able to identify the major bioactive phytochemicals in foods and products and describe their basic properties. Understand the chemistry/biochemistry of reactive oxygen and be able to define "oxidative stress". Be able to describe what an antioxidant is and understand why many claims of antioxidant properties are false. Describe medicinal claims for phytochemicals based on sound scientific facts.
  • Learning Objectives: Learning Objectives: The students taking this class are expected to learn about: L1 the structure, metabolism, and utilization of triplet oxygen (O2), including the generation of reactive oxygen species (intermediate) L2 the proper definition, quantification, and application of "oxidative stress" as it applies to disease and toxicity (intermediate) L3 the true nature of "antioxidants" and be able to distinguish the differences between an "antioxidant" and an "antioxidant response" (intermediate) L4 the specific types and chemical characteristics of phytochemicals (chemical substances produced by plants) and where they are found (basic) L5 how to assess whether the beneficial effects ascribed to specific food and medicinal plants actually match up with their known chemical and biological effects (basic) L6 the different classes of unique phytochemicals produced by the plants we commonly eat and use
  • This course is cross-listed with in the The intent is to cross-list this course in the new Nutrition Department. I will be Phtyochemical Toxicology and Nutrition in EHS (EHS 617) and Phtyochemical Toxicology and Nutrition in NS (NUTR 617) department.

EHS628 Toxicology Research Analysis and Presentation

  • Graduate Level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 1 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Colacino, Justin
  • Prerequisites: EHS627
  • Description: Presentations of research topics from current literature by first year students. Advisors will assist in selection and preparation of materials for presentation. Course is designed to develop oral communication skills for presenting scientific material to peer groups. Presentations followed by discussion and questions.

EHS651 Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Program Management

  • Graduate Level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 2 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Staff
  • Last offered Winter 2017
  • Description: This course introduces future leaders of plant and corporate level occupational health, safety and environmental programs to the breadth of functions and activities routinely performed by OHSE managers. Among the topics discussed are: OHSE organization structure and staffing, management systems, program content and metrics, budgeting, risk management, incident investigation and management, emergency preparedness and response, regulatory compliance, legal systems, health and safety culture, and prevention through design processes.
  • Course Goals: Students who have taken this course are expected to achieve a set of learning objectives by acquiring knowledge about key concepts, principles, ideas and facts. In addition, they are expected to acquire a set of competencies reflecting skills relevant to the practice of occupational and environmental health. The following tables summarize these expectations.
  • Competencies: Describe the role and scope of OHSE programs (1) Implement OHSE audit programs and protocols, including conformance with ANSI Z10 and ISO 14000 requirements. (2) Develop and defend program budgets, and justify projects aimed at meeting OHSE objectives. (3) Write OHSE policies and action plans, and set measurable performance goals for organizations. (4) Understand and communicate effectively with insurance brokers and underwriters. (5) Participate effectively in workers compensation case management. (6) Conduct and evaluate basic accident/incident investigations. (7) Lead the development of simple emergency preparedness and response plans. 8) Describe regulatory processes and provide compliance advice to professionals outside of the OHSE domain. (9) Properly maintain an OSHA 300 log. (10) Describe basic legal proceedings and participate in lawsuit discovery processes. (11) Provide process leadership in product stewardship, prevention through design, and other engineering processes aimed at reducing hazard and liability exposures. (12) Identify factors affecting OHSE culture within an organization. (13) Develop a training matrix for an organization based on regulatory compliance and needs analysis. (14) Successfully manage a plant level OHSE program, or contribute significantly to the management of OHSE functions at the corporate level.
  • Learning Objectives: Students will gain a fundamental understanding of: (1) How OHSE programs are typically organized, the roles and responsibilities of OHSE managers, and expectations of other OHSE stakeholders in the organization. (2) Challenges associated with managing personnel and processes, including dealing with ethical issues, setting goals and measuring performance, hiring and training professionals, and managing consultants. (3) Financial aspects of program management, such as risk management and insurance, budgeting, workers compensation, and legal liability for both corporate activities and products. (4) Incident investigation and management, as well as emergency planning and response management. (5) Regulatory rulemaking, inspections, and compliance management processes.

EHS653 Environmental Sampling and Analysis Laboratory

  • Graduate Level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 1-3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Zellers, Edward
  • Prerequisites: EHS 652 or permission of instructor
  • Description: Laboratory and lecture course on equipment, instrumentation, methodologies, and strategies for measuring environmental chemical and microbiological contaminants. A primary emphasis is placed on air monitoring for human exposure assessment in the workplace and general environment. Dermal, surface, soil, and water contamination measurements are also covered. Lectures, laboratories, and demonstrations. Primarily for students in environmental health sciences with interests in occupational and ambient-environmental exposure assessments for regulatory compliance and epidemiologic risk estimation.

EHS654 Control of Exposures to Airborne Contaminants

  • Graduate Level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Grubb, Greg
  • Last offered Winter 2016
  • Not offered 2018-2019
  • Prerequisites: Grad status
  • Description: Discussion of the principles of controlling airborne contaminants in working and living environments. It deals with general environmental and local exhaust ventilation for indoor spaces, filtration and emission control for the ambient environment, and personal respiratory protection. Specific topics include: basic properties of air and aerodynamics, and behavior of airborne contaminants; general dilution and local exhaust ventilation concepts, methods and design; fan performance and selection; air cleaning equipment; ventilation testing, OSHA and EPA standards, indoor air quality, and others.

EHS655 Human Exposure Analysis

  • Graduate Level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Neitzel, Richard
  • Not offered 2018-2019
  • Prerequisites: Graduate standing
  • 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.
  • Syllabus for EHS655

EHS657 Advanced Exposure Assessment

  • Graduate Level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Meeker, John
  • Prerequisites: EHS507, BIOSTAT503/equivalent, EPID503/equivalent
  • Description: The course will introduce classical, contemporary, and cutting-edge approaches to the estimation of human exposure to environmental and occupational agents as it relates to epidemiology studies as well as risk science, regulatory compliance, exposure source/route apportionment, and susceptibility factors. Qualitative and quantitative methods in exposure science will be covered, including surrogate measures, exposure modeling, and biological markers of exposure, in addition to statistical concepts such as exposure measurement error and efficient study design.

EHS660 Environmental Epigenetics and Public Health

  • Graduate Level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 2 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Dolinoy, Dana
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Undergraduates are allowed to enroll in this course.
  • Description: This course examines principles and applications of epigenetics as they relate to human nutrition, environmental exposures and disease etiology, including mechanisms and policy implications. Case studies evaluate processes using animal and human examples drawn from the literature. Students will be introduced to laboratory methods and emerging technologies for examining epigenetics.
  • This course is cross-listed with NUTR 660 in the NUTR 660 department.
  • Syllabus for EHS660

EHS668 Professional Seminar in Occupational Health

  • Graduate Level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 1 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): O'Neill, Marie
  • Description: Seminars in contemporary occupational health topics and issues. Presentations by noted authorities from industry, labor organizations, governments, and academia.

EHS670 Applications in Environmental Epidemiology

  • Graduate Level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Staff
  • Prerequisites: EPID 601, EPID 655, EHS 656
  • Description: Students will complete an independent reseach project under faculty supervision. Students will apply epidemiological and statistical methods to the analysis of data from epidemiological, exposure assessment or laboratory studies. This course focuses on the conduct of independent research and sceintfic writing under faculty guidance. Course must be elected for 3 credits. This course is the final course of three, in which students plan their field experience (EHS 659), complete their field experience and present a poster to the department (EHS 600), then conduct data analyses and prepare a research report (EHS 670). It is part of the Capstone experience for Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Students.

EHS674 Environmental and Health Risk Modeling

  • Graduate Level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Jolliet, Olivier
  • Not offered 2018-2019
  • 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

EHS675 Data Analysis for Environmental Epidemiology

  • Graduate Level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 2 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Park, Sung Kyun
  • Prerequisites: BIOSTAT 560 and EPID 503 or 600
  • Description: This course will introduce non-parametric smoothing methods, such as splines, locally weighted polynomial regression (LOESS) and generalized additive models (GAM), and focus on continuous environmental exposure variables. It will also deal with analysis of correlated data, including longitudinal analysis and time-series analysis that are widely used in environmental epidemiology. It will provide an opportunity to analyze actual population data to learn how to model environmental epidemiologic data, and is designed particularly for students who pursue environmental epidemiologic research. The course will consist of lectures and hands-on practices in computer labs, homework assignments and final projects. R, a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics, will be used.
  • Syllabus for EHS675

EHS683 Air pollution and Global Health

  • Graduate Level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Dvonch, Tim
  • Last offered Winter 2016
  • Not offered 2018-2019
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: Clean air is considered to be a basic requirement of human health and well-being. However, air pollution continues to pose a significant threat to health worldwide. This course covers air pollutants, their characterization, ambient concentrations, effects on human health and the environment, and international policy-making, guidelines, and governance.

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.

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.

EHS874 Aerosol Chemistry Physics and Impacts

  • Graduate Level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Ault, Andrew
  • Prerequisites: none
  • Description: Aerosols have global implications for human health and climate, but are challenging to understand due to their complex physical and chemical properties that determine their behavior in the atmosphere. This course will explore be divided into three major sections: aerosol physics, aerosol chemistry, and aerosol impacts.
  • Course Goals: - Learn about how to describe particles and particle populations through different physical properties: particle diameters, concentrations, morphology, and size distributions - Describe particle motion under different flow regimes, such as turbulent or laminar, through the use of Reynolds numbers, Stokes' Law, electrical fields, and Brownian motion. - Explore processes that modify particle physical properties, including: condensation, evaporation, and coagulation. - Describe the chemical composition of aerosols and the sources, heterogeneous reactions, and other processes that modify aerosol composition. - Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of different characterization methods for aerosols, including: gravimetric analysis, electron microscopy, light scattering, mass spectrometry, and spectroscopy. - Explore the impacts of atmospheric particles on health through inhalation and climate through light scattering or cloud formation.
  • Competencies: - Develop the ability to interconvert between different types of particle diameter and utilize particle size distributions to describe particle populations. - Be able to mathematically solve for aerosol motion and losses in different types of flow. - Understand how to solve for particle modification in different chemical environments. - Gain the ability to make informed decisions about which characterization technique is appropriate for different applications. - Be able to explain the impacts of aerosols on health and climate and the benefits and challenges of different actions, such as regulation, to mitigate aerosol effects.

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.

PUBHLTH340 Sustainability and Environmental Health

  • Undergraduate Level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Batterman, Stuart; Jolliet, Olivier; Staff;
  • Not offered 2018-2019
  • 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.