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Syllabus Spring 2008 - Spring Quarter 2008 Course Syllabus...

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Spring Quarter 2008 Course Syllabus Course Description This course explores the relationship of people to their environment -- how it affects their physical well-being, and what they can do to protect and enhance their health, and to influence the quality of the environment. This course is a survey course intended to give students a basic understanding of how environmental factors impact the health of people and the community, and of the efforts made to prevent or minimize the effects of negative impacts. The course is designed to acquaint the student with the scientific and technical foundations of the field, and examines both the practice of environmental health and the problems which are addressed by the practitioners in this career discipline. Emphasis is on providing a general understanding of how environmental factors are involved in the transmission of communicable diseases and on some of the health hazards resulting from exposure to chemical and physical materials in our environment. Learning Objectives It is intended that at the completion of this course, each student should be able to: 1. Describe, and document by case example, ways in which environmental factors in community, occupational and residential settings impact health; 2. Explain the pertinent scientific principles associated with the major environmental health program areas; 3. Explain, and be able to illustrate with examples, how factors, such as community perceptions, public health law, traditions, socioeconomic conditions, politics and interpersonal communications, may influence the practice of environmental health; 4. Describe the benefits and limitations of the various methodologies (such as regulation, education, impact statements and public funding) through which society attempts to minimize negative environmental health impacts; 5. Explain the theoretical framework which guides environmental health practitioners and differentiates them from other environmental and health professionals; 6. List the major agencies and organizations involved in environmental health protection and explain their basic responsibilities, programs and problems; and, 7. Analyze at least one environmental health program in the Puget Sound area for its theoretical and legal base, its organization and management, and its interaction with and impact on the community and other agencies.
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Course Requirements 1. Examinations : There will be a mid-term and a final examination. The tests will be cumulative only in the sense that the basic principles and concepts learned in the early portions of the course are applicable to the problems examined in the later portions. o Mid-Term Exam: Monday, May 5, 2008 o Final Exam:Wednesday, June 11, 2008 2. Course Project : During the third week of the course, the class will be divided into groups which will analyze an environmental health issue or problem, assigned by the instructors, that is currently topical and/or controversial. Each
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