180.660.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 3rd Term | 3 Credit(s)
Th 5:00:00 PM
  • Contact Information
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Define the types, sources, and distribution of environmental agents.
    • Identify the vectors in which agents are transmitted, and describe how these agents interact with biological systems, and the mechanisms by which they exert adverse effects.
    • Predict the nature of an agent’s adverse effects from its physical, chemical or infectious properties, and how the effects may manifest in public and environmental health.
    • Describe and use models for prediction of the magnitude of adverse effects.
    • Identify significant gaps in the current knowledge base concerning health effects of environmental agents, and areas of uncertainty in the risk assessment process.
    • Describe current legislation and regulation regarding environmental issues.
  • Course Description
    Provides an introduction to the concepts and principles of environmental health -- the effects of the environment on human health. Presents the major concepts and principles of environmental health, and their relation to the practice of public health. Course utilizes selected environmental agents and vectors as exemplars of these concepts and principles. Intended for MHS students (this course does not meet the Environmental Health requirement for the MPH program).
  • Intended Audience
    Masters students
  • Methods of Assessment

    Student evaluation based on class participation (5%), a quiz on plagiarism (5%), 1 written exercise (10%), 1 written current event review (10%), 2 problem sets (15%) a mid-term (30%) and a final exam (30%).

  • 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.

  • Disability Support Services
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