Course Summary
Credit Type:
45 hours (15 weeks)
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Introduction to Environmental Health


The course objective is to describe the reciprocal relationship between populations and their environment, assess the environment as a risk factor for adverse health outcomes, and critically evaluate research methods in environmental health.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe how interactions between people and their environments influence health outcomes
  • Apply the principles of epidemiology to environmental health
  • Assess investigational methods in environmental health
  • Summarize the impact of environmental policy and regulation on health risk factors and outcomes
  • Identify historically important zoonotic and vectorborne diseases
  • Identify important natural and anthropogenic toxins in the environment and their associated health risks
  • Explain the impact of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation on the human body and population health
  • Explain the relationship between water, air, and food quality and health outcomes
  • Evaluate common occupational health risks, preventive measures, and population health outcomes associated
  • Describe and illustrate how social determinants of health influence population health outcomes from the perspective of environmental health

General Topics:

  • Environment as a risk factor
  • Environmental epidemiology, vectorborne diseases, and zoonotic infections
  • Toxicology
  • Policy and regulation pertaining to environmental health
  • Toxic metals
  • Pesticides and Chemicals
  • Radiation
  • Water, air, and food quality
  • Waste
  • Occupational health
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Case Studies
  • Computer Based Training
  • Discussion
  • Lectures
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)

Methods of Assessment:

  • Other
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Presentations
  • Quizzes
  • Written Papers
  • Written discussions

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials

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