ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT, AND PUBLIC HEALTH Syllabus

180.651.01 | AY 2012-2013 - 3rd Term | 2 Credit(s)
M 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Faculty
    Stuart Chaitkin
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Define the basic linkages between energy impacts and public health
    • Identify the principal negative impacts associated with energy exploration, generation, and consumption in developing as well as developed countries
    • Distinguish between potentially valid and overly hyped claims about energy performance, energy impacts, or energy technologies
    • Assess a range of policy choices for reducing the impacts of energy consumption on public health
  • Course Description
    Examines why energy policy choices are so important to human health and well-being. Explores how the impacts of energy exploration, generation, and usage patterns are tied directly to economic prosperity, the condition of the environment, the health of the population, and even aspects of national and international security, for developed as well as developing nations. Discusses and presents potential solutions to the three biggest energy challenges: (1) meeting the basic energy needs of the world s poorest people in a more healthful manner, (2) de-carbonizing electricity generation, and (3) reducing oil dependence. Emphasizes that energy is the core of the environment problem and environment is the core of the energy problem.

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    See the latest course Syllabus for a full description of this course.

  • Intended Audience
    SPH students and other JHU students who are interested in how energy policies affect public health, in developing and developed countries.
  • Methods of Assessment
    Attendance/Participation in class discussions (30%); Short paper OR Brief In-Class Presentation (35%); Final Exam (35%)
  • Required Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    While there are no textbooks required for this course, readings from three series of articles from The Lancet are required.  In addition, several other articles are required readings.  These materials are posted on CoursePlus.

  • 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.

  • Welcome Message

    UPDATE POSTED 11/27/12: A REVISED/UPDATED SYLLABUS FOR THE 2012-2013 OFFERING OF THIS COURSE in 3rd term (January-March, 2013) HAS BEEN POSTED.

    The required readings for this course are also posted.  The Syllabus is the best guide for understanding which readings are required.

    Please send any comments or questions about this course to Stuart Chaitkin at schaitki@jhsph.edu

    See you at the 1st class session on Monday, January 28, 2013, from 1:30pm to 3:20pm.

     

  • Disability Support Services
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