188.688.01 | AY 2012-2013 - 2nd Term | 1 Credit(s)
Th 12:00:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Brian Schwartz
    Cindy Parker
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Define the aspects of land use, energy use, food production and distribution, water use, and population growth that contribute to environmental degradation
    • Analyze how peak petroleum (AKA "after peak oil"), political obstacles, economic interests, and federal indebtedness influence how we address these issues
    • Define how the "drivers" in #1 above cause climate change, ecosystem degradation, species losses, biodiversity losses, and other resource depletions
    • Begin to develop an analytic framework for how we should address these issues to prevent the major health risks they present
  • Course Description
    Students and faculty discuss the causes, consequences, and implications of key global environmental challenges that we are facing and that are likely to become more challenging over time. Specifically addresses how land use (e.g., patterns of urban growth and suburban sprawl), energy use, food production and distribution, water use, and population growth are causing climate change, ecosystem degradation, biodiversity losses, species extinctions, and other resource depletion, and how all this is in turn is a threat to human health as individuals, in communities, and globally. Focuses on discussion and not lectures and will utilize a mix of movies, guest discussants, and student directed discussions.
  • Intended Audience
    Students in the MPH concentration in Global Environmental Sustainability & Health, and others interested in the challenges we face and who want to try to figure out what we as public health professionals should be trying to do about it.

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    This course is also required for EHS students in the MHS track in sustainability.

  • Methods of Assessment
    Based on attendance and participation.

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    More information is available in the syllabus file on the online library.

  • Prerequisites
    Global Environment and Public Health, 180.611.01
  • Required Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    There is no required textbook.

  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

  • Academic Ethics Code

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Course topics

    Please see the syllabus file in the online library.

  • Contact Information(from old syllabus)

    Brian Schwartz
    Office: W7041
    Tel: 410-955-4158

  • Disability Support Services
    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact the Office of Student Life Services at 410-955-3034 or via email at