ENVIRONMENTAL AND OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH LAW AND POLICY Syllabus
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
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.
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.
Methods of Assessment
Grading Policy: Student evaluation is based on (1) class participation; (2) homework assignments and (3) an final examination
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 410-955-3034, or 2017 E. Monument Street.