About The Course
Welcome Message

Welcome to the CoursePlus Web site for ENVIRONMENTAL AND OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH LAW AND POLICY (180.629.01), a course offered by the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Course Description

Examines the legal systems, institutions and policies upon which environmental and occupational health protection are based. Focuses on how US and international environmental and occupational health laws, regulations and policies apply to public health and evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of laws as intervention tools. Topics covered include significant US federal environmental and occupational health statutes (for example, the Clean Air Act, Superfund, Community Right-to-Know, Safe Drinking Water Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act), international environmental law principles and treaties, international human rights issues, how laws deals with emerging health issues and environmental justice and facility siting.

Course Learning Objectives

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Discuss how to use laws, regulations and policies for public health intervention
  • Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of these laws, regulations and policies
  • Analyze how legal institutions, such as the courts and agencies, affect public policy and decision-making
  • Evaluate how laws and policies influence environmental health decision-making

Course Time

Mon Wed   3:30 PM to 5:20 PM

Course Faculty
Intended Audience

The course is open to all public health, medical, nursing, undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in environmental and occupational health law and policy.

Grading Policy & Grading Restrictions

Grading Policy: Student evaluation is based on (1) class participation; (2) homework assignments and (3) an final examination

Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

Administrative Contact

Paul Locke
E-mail: plocke@jhsph.edu