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NR 107 – SU:Human Health & the Envirnmt

Credits: 3.00

Course Description: Offers an introduction to environmental health. Topics include: methods (toxicology, epidemiology), environmental health hazards (physical, biological, chemical) and supports (nature contact), risk analysis, communication and management, health and climate change, food production and access, energy production, and water. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Cross-listed with: ENVS 107, HLTH 107.

Section Description: This course offers an introduction to the field of “environmental health.” We will begin our collective work by situating environmental health within the context of sustainability—specifically, the idea that sustainability is achieved by creating a balance between ecological flourishing and human well-being, and that health is a primary component of well-being. Building upon this foundation, we will next cover a range of traditional environmental health topics including the methods of environmental health science (toxicology and epidemiology), environmental hazards (physical, biological, and chemical), risk analysis, communication and management, vulnerable populations, precautionary approaches, and environmental health regulations. Finally, we will apply the knowledge gained during the first half of the semester to understanding and identifying opportunities for mitigating a variety of current environmental health challenges including climate change, food production and access, energy production, water quality and access, and waste management. We will conclude the semester with a discussion of how we, as a society, may best achieve healthy lifestyles and healthy communities that are supportive of the ecological systems upon which our health depends.

CRN: 95551

Section: A

Enrolled/Seats: 9/50

Days Time Location
M 12:00 - 15:00 ROWELL N/A HLTH 110

Instructor(s): Christine M Vatovec

Meeting Dates: 29 Aug 2016 - 09 Dec 2016