Environ Health 381C Syllabus.pdf

Environ Health 381C Syllabus.pdf - School of Population and...

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School of Population and Public Health Environmental Impacts on Human Health Course ID: SPPH 381C CREDIT: 3 Credits Instructor: Matilda van den Bosch, [email protected] Teaching assistant : Federico Andrade, [email protected] Schedule: Mon and Wed, 4.00pm – 5.30pm Location: DMP 110 Course description This course builds upon the concept of ecological public health to cover environmental factors as determinants of health of individuals and populations. It will take an integrative approach to how our surrounding environment influences various domains of health and wellbeing, covering local, regional, and global health contexts. Scientific theories and research on the environment’s impact on human health will be outlined. Biological mechanisms and pathways will be explained together with contextual mediators. The focus is on health protection and promotion as well as disease prevention. Both hazardous environmental conditions and environmental “good” will be discussed in terms of exposure or experience and how this can affect human biological systems and modify health and wellbeing. This will be considered in a social and economic context, including aspects of environmental justice, health inequalities, and community health. Exposures to chemical, biological and physical hazards in air, water, food and consumer products are considered along with current public health challenges related to urbanization, climate change, and sustainability. The course will elaborate on potential solutions to these challenges through incorporation of ecological principles in public health policy and practice. Course format: Lectures, group discussions in seminars, and assignments Course website : Canvas LEARNING OUTCOMES: By the end of the course, the student will be able to: - Identify environmental determinants of health and describe variations between populations in a global context. - Analyse and compare different ecological principles of relevance for public health, such as Ecosystem Services, Ecohealth, Planetary Health, and One Health - Outline and explain health threats related to harmful environmental exposures, such as air, food and water pollution, noise, waste, and radiation
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School of Population and Public Health - Outline and explain environmentally related hazards, such as natural disasters, allergenic pollens, and vector-borne diseases - Outline and explain health promoting factors related to beneficial environmental exposures, such as green and blue spaces - Apply basic scientific approaches used to assess potential environmental health hazards or benefits. - Discuss urbanization, climate change, and environmental degradation and reflect on the impact on the global disease scenario - Discuss how environmental health risks are perceived, assessed, and managed - Suggest practical solutions for planning and creating healthier, sustainable cities - Analyze in detail at least one current issue related to environmental impacts on health,
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  • Fall '18
  • Matilda
  • Population health, Van den Bosch, School of Population and Public Health

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