183.641.01 | AY 2012-2013 - 4th Term | 3 Credit(s)
TTh 3:00:00 PM
  • Contact Information
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Describe the general anatomy and physiology of the human respiratory track, including its primary innate host-defense mechanisms, and factors that may affect individual susceptibility to adverse health effects linked to airborne exposures.
    • Describe the various categories of indoor and outdoor pollutants, their primary sources, levels and distribution within the environment, and methods by which they are measured.
    • Explain the physical and chemical characteristics of pollutant agents that influence their distribution, deposition and toxic effects within the airways and elsewhere in the body.
    • Discuss the mechanisms through which exposures to selected environmental pollutants can initiate, maintain and/or exacerbate human disease.
  • Course Description

    Provides background on respiratory tract defense mechanism and the factors that control inhalation exposures to environmental pollutants and their influences on health and diseases. Topics include oxidant pollutants, sulfur dioxide and acid aerosols, particulates, bioaerosols, building-related illness, volatile organic compounds, environmental tobacco smoke and radon. Also covers host susceptibility factors, risk assessment, the influence of global warming, and regulation and public policy.

  • Intended Audience

    Master's and Doctoral students in EHS and in the School interested in the health effects of pollution

  • Methods of Assessment

    Grading Policy: Student evaluation based on mid-term and final exams.

    Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

  • Academic Ethics Code

    The code, discussed in the Policy and Procedure Memorandum for Students, March 31, 2002, will be adhered to in this class:

    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.

  • Disability Support Services

    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact Betty H. Addison in the Office of Student Life Services:, 410-955-3034, or 2017 E. Monument Street.