This course offers an introduction to the field of “environmental health.” We 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. Building upon this foundation, this course covers 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, and 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 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.
Fall, Cross-Listed Course
Natural Science (NS)