180.629.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 3rd Term | 4 Credit(s)
MW 3:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Paul Locke
    Katelyn Stafford
    Location: E7645
  • 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 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.
  • Intended Audience

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

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

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Additional details about grading willl be presented during the first class lecture.

  • Prerequisites

    Additional Faculty Notes:
    There are no pre-requisites for this course, but an understanding of how federal governments work will be helpful. 

  • Additional Faculty Notes:

    The text book for this course is The Environmental Policy Paradox by Zachary A. Smith (6th edition).  It is available for purchase at the Matthews Medical Book Store (on Monument Street).  It is also available in electronic format.

    Additional class readings, which will be listed in the syllabus and in CoursePlus, are posted on this website and are available for downloading.   

  • 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

    If you are a student who enrolled in the course, you should have received an e-mail by now with information about the course.  Please contact me at plocke@jhsph.edu if you have any questions.

  • Course topics
    In this course, we will examine how public health principles are incorporated into environmental and occupational health laws and regulations. We will also study the strategies that these laws employ (ie., risk-based, information-based, liability, technology, and others) and discuss their advantages and disadvantages. During the course you will get to try out your newly developing legal skills in a risk-free classroom environment.
  • Contact Information(from old syllabus)



  • Course Objectives(from old syllabus)
    This course is designed to help students understand the basic concepts behind, and the functioning of, occupational and environmental health laws and regulations. At the end of this course, we believe that students will be able to use laws and regulations as effective public health tools to protect the environment and the workplace. It is important to understand the roles played by, and the stengths and weaknesses of, the legal system in public health protection.
  • 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 dss@jhsph.edu.