Environmental & Occupational Health

Courses

EOH 510 Principles and Practice of Environmental and Occupational Health 3.0 Credits

This interdisciplinary course gives an overview of environmental and occupational health issues and an introduction to approaches for prevention and control of environmental exposures. The course will cover both traditional EOH topics such as air pollution, drinking water and sanitation, and occupational health and safety, as well as salient issues of global concern such as climate change and emerging infectious diseases. Workplace, home, community, regional and global problems are considered, with frequent use of case examples. The course stresses examining environmental health issues in the context of other determinants of health, including social and economic factors. The goal is to provide students with knowledge of the basic scientific principles of EOH as they apply to the practice of public health.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EOH 550 Introduction to Urban Health 3.0 Credits

It is estimated that by 2050, 66% of the world’s population will live in urban areas. Promoting population health and health equity is a key challenge, but also a key opportunity for cities and broader urban areas that surround them. This course is designed to provide an overview of urban health including theory, methodology, and empirical evidence. The course will explore urban health strategies, including programs and policies aimed at impacting the social determinants of health, and how these strategies affect health outcomes of populations in urban settings.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EOH 560 Overview of Issues in Global Health 3.0 Credits

This introductory course will cover the major issues and considerations involved in global health. It is a survey course that is designed to familiarize students with the major health issues across the globe, including general concepts such as determinants of health, the measurements of health status, as well as demographic and other global trends and their impact on the global burden of the disease. The course will also address specific health issues that affect much of the world’s population such as communicable diseases, malnutrition, water and sanitation, chronic diseases, injuries and environmental health challenges, as well as the factors that threaten reproductive and child health.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EOH 563 Injury Prevention and Control 3.0 Credits

Unintentional injury is the leading cause of death for people in the United States between the ages of 1 and 44. Homicide and suicide are the second and third leading cause of death for people aged 15-34. The cost of medically treated injuries is estimated at over $100 billion annually. This course examines injury as one of the core public health problems in the United States. Causes such as motor vehicles, opioids, interpersonal and self-inflicted violence, and work are some of the topics examined, including their physical and psychological outcomes. The subsequent costs and burdens to the healthcare system are explored. Policy and behavioral interventions are addressed. Where possible, extensions to international settings are made.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EOH 564 Safety in Healthcare 3.0 Credits

This course examines the history of healthcare safety as an emerging public health problem in the United States. Topics such as patient safety, nurse injury, and other outcomes will be studied. Effects of safety climate, organizational culture, and clinical knowledge on patients, healthcare workers and the healthcare system are discussed. The subsequent costs and burdens to the healthcare system are explored using current information from the academic literature, local and national interest groups, and government agencies. Policy interventions and alternatives are addressed. Emphasis is given to safety interventions regardless of preventability, lack of existing solutions, or consensus of priority.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EOH 580 Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene 3.0 Credits

This course provides students an opportunity to apply principles of industrial hygiene (and exposure assessment) to solve real workplace problems. Students will learn about occupational exposure assessment strategies and control options. Students will become familiar with commonly used industrial hygiene equipment through participation in hands-on laboratory and field exercises.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EOH 605 Weight-of-Evidence Evaluation for Identification of Environmental Hazards 3.0 Credits

The hazard identification step of the environmental risk assessment is meant to answer the question, “Is exposure X a cause of human health risk Y?” Answering this question typically involves evaluation of a body of research including different types of evidence, and often, conflicting results. In this course, evidence evaluation, considering different types of evidence (observational epidemiology, animal bioassays, mechanistic studies) and various frameworks for evidence integration (qualitative systematic review, quantitative synthesis) will be discussed and practiced. Through case studies, strengths and limitations of different types of evidence, the types of biases that may be present, and how differences in interpretation occur will also be discussed.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EOH 610 Environmental and Occupational Toxicology 3.0 Credits

This course will focus on the applications of environmental and occupation health (EOH) and toxicology, along with the necessary fundamentals of toxicology as a science. Major classes of toxicants and the relevant physiology of toxicity will be covered. Students will learn the challenges and opportunities in toxicology and how toxicology interacts with other disciplines at the population and individual level. Traditional topics and approaches to EOH (water and air quality, occupational health, industrial hygiene and injury prevention) will be integrated with toxicological approaches.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EOH 615 Environmental and Occupational Health Policy 3.0 Credits

This course provides an overview of the origins and development of environmental and occupational health policies, primarily in the United States. It utilizes an evidenced-based framework to assess the effectiveness of these policies within a context of a political climate towards public health. There is a focus is on the role of economics, legal/regulatory processes, and ethical issues. Cross-cultural and international differences will be explored.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EOH 620 Environmental Hazard Assessment 3.0 Credits

This course provides students with a general understanding of the recognition and evaluation of chemical, physical and biological hazards. Particular emphasis is placed on airborne hazard evaluation theory and methods. Students become familiar with commonly used industrial hygiene equipment through participation in laboratory and field exercise.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EOH 625 Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology 3.0 Credits

Students will develop an understanding of occupational and environmental epidemiologic methods. Particular emphasis will be placed on the critical analysis of published occupational epidemiologic studies. Students will gain an understanding of the most appropriate methods for assessing exposure/disease relationships for several occupational and environmental exposures and diseases. Prerequisites may be waived with instructor permission on a case-by-case basis.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: (PBHL 512 [Min Grade: B] and PBHL 513 [Min Grade: B]) or (EPI 500 [Min Grade: B] and EPI 501 [Min Grade: B])

EOH 630 Environmental Health Risk and Impact Assessment 3.0 Credits

This course provides an overview of the approaches for assessing health risks and impact of environmental exposures. Students will develop an understanding of health impact assessment (HIA) for anticipating population health effects of policies and projects that affect the environment. The key methods of risk assessment (RA) will be discussed and demonstrated as a tool for evaluating risks from specific chemical, physical, and biological exposures. We will discuss how HIA and RA can provide complementary information for assessing the total impact of a policy or project. The course will emphasize identification and utilization of appropriate data to support assessments, and accurate communication of results.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EOH 640 Environmental and Occupational Health 4.0 Credits

Introduces concepts, theories, and programmatic application within the field of environmental health.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EOH 642 Healthy Housing & Built Environment 3.0 Credits

This course provides students with understanding of the connection between health and housing, specifically the impact factors that both built environment and indoor environment has on the health status of residents, especially those at risk for allergic and respiratory diseases.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EOH 645 Exposure Assessment 3.0 Credits

Often described as the "Achilles heel" of public health research, exposure assessment is a topic that is often taken for granted; many researchers take exposure information at face value and assume it to be true. This is rarely the case. This course will provide an overview of exposure assessment methods, loosely following a chronological ordering of methods used over time. Where each technique is most appropriate and their limitations will be discussed.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EOH 646 Environmental Health in Vulnerable Populations 3.0 Credits

Policy instruments and tools in place to protect the health of vulnerable populations will be critically examined as well as issues related to equity and justice. A number of case studies will be examined to exemplify why certain populations are vulnerable to various environmental hazards.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EOH 648 Public Health and Disaster Preparedness 3.0 Credits

This course will cover key topics in the evolving field of public health emergency preparedness. The practice of public health involves a range of skills and knowledge areas that are used on a daily basis to improve the health of communities. During or emergencies public health agencies have important roles to protect the health of the public that extend the skills and responsibilities of day-to-day public health practice.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EOH 649 Occupational and Environmental Cancers 3.0 Credits

This course will provide students with a basic understanding of the biology of cancer, its causes, its epidemiology, and prevention methods. Legal implications of workplace and environmental exposures will be discussed.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EOH 654 Microbes and Public Health Practice 3.0 Credits

This course will review the important viral, bacterial, parasitic and fungal pathogens that cause disease in humans, including the clinical syndromes they produce, treatment and control measures. The course will also address laboratory diagnostics for infectious diseases, including culture and non-culture methods for the diagnosis of infections caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. Students will also learn about antimicrobial agents and resistance testing methods. The class will visit a clinical microbiology laboratory during the course. Equivalent Epidemiology and Biostatistics courses may be substituted for the required prerequisites, with Program Director approval on a case-by-case basis. A college-level biology and/or microbiology class is highly recommended.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: (PBHL 512 [Min Grade: B] and PBHL 513 [Min Grade: B]) or (EPI 500 [Min Grade: B] and EPI 501 [Min Grade: B])

EOH 655 Infection Prevention and Control in the Healthcare Environment 3.0 Credits

This course will review the major risks for infection in healthcare settings and surveillance and prevention strategies for healthcare associated infections (HAIs). The course will also review important concepts in infection prevention and control in the healthcare environment. Students will learn about legal mandates and the major regulatory agencies, organizations, and professional standards for infection prevention and control within healthcare facilities. Equivalent Epidemiology and Biostatistics courses may be substituted for the required prerequisites, with Program Director approval on a case-by-case basis. A college-level biology and/or microbiology class is highly recommended.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: (PBHL 512 [Min Grade: B] and PBHL 513 [Min Grade: B]) or (EPI 500 [Min Grade: B] and EPI 501 [Min Grade: B])

EOH 657 Public Health Impacts of Global Climate Change 3.0 Credits

This course will provide an overview of the public health impacts of a changing global climate. The course will briefly review the scientific basis of observed and projected changes in the climate system. Then the course will survey the direct and indirect impacts of climate change on human health and adaptation strategies to reduce these impacts, including those due to heat waves, floods and storms, infectious agents and disease vectors, air pollutants, the food supply, occupational health, and population displacement and conflict. There will be particular attention to vulnerable populations and differences in projected health impacts among populations.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EOH 658 Crisis and Risk Communication in Public Health 3.0 Credits

Students will learn to create effective risk communication messages that are both theoretically grounded and based upon key lessons learned from the field of public health preparedness. Using a case study approach, and with an emphasis on developing skills including message design and evaluation, this course aims to give students an applied experience that will serve as a foundation for a career in public health or health communication.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EOH 665 Quantitative Risk Analysis for Environmental Health 3.0 Credits

This course will provide an overview of the fundamentals of risk analysis for environmental health. Students will develop a critical understanding of the steps for quantitative assessment of risk (dose-response assessment, exposure assessment, and risk characterization) through a series of examples and applied problems. Methods for risk analysis will be taught, including use of software tools. The course will emphasize identification of data sources for use in risk calculations and interpretation of risk analysis results, including robust discussion of the variability and uncertainties. Students will examine how quantitative assessment of risk can inform regulation for protection of human health from environmental hazards. Completion of a college-level statistics course with a minimum grade of C is required.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EOH 695 Applied Human Health Risk Assessment 3.0 Credits

Students work independently to apply risk assessment concepts to a problem approved by the course instructor. Application may involve literature review, quantitative evaluation, or development of methodology for any of the principal steps of human health risk assessment (hazard identification, dose-response assessment, exposure assessment, risk characterization).

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EOH 605 [Min Grade: B-] and (EOH 665 [Min Grade: B-] or ENVE 727 [Min Grade: B-])

EOH 710 Advanced Methods in GIS for Public Health 3.0 Credits

This course will familiarize students with the applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to understand how the places that people live, work and play either add to or detract from health. Methods to assess the relationship between aspects of our environments (e.g. housing, transportation, food/nutrition, crime, chemical pollution, parks, and vegetation) and health in Philadelphia and beyond will be discussed. Students will learn through a multidisciplinary approach drawing from public health, geography, epidemiology, planning, medicine, and the social sciences.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: HMP 703 [Min Grade: B] or ENVS 708 [Min Grade: B] or URBS 630 [Min Grade: B]

EOH 725 Seminar in Environmental Epidemiology 3.0 Credits

This course is aimed at graduate students undertaking independent research in preparation for thesis defense or to aid in completion of the Integrated Learning Experience (ILE) requirement of MPH degrees. Topics may include research methodologies; research ethics; the results of research and issues in specific areas relevant to students’ research. Emphasis will be placed on engaging with current literature in occupational and environmental epidemiology and exposure assessment.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: EOH 625 [Min Grade: B+] or EPI 560 [Min Grade: B+]

EOH 750 Integrative Learning Experience: Environmental and Occupational Health I 2.0 Credits

The Integrative Learning Experience (ILE) comprises the culminating experience required of full-time second-year MPH students majoring in Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH). Organized as a 4 credit project over two quarters in year two, students engage in an in-depth research project or project-based internship that emphasizes practical applications of concepts and skill development. Students may choose to work on an individual or group-based project. Students are required to complete a high-quality written product and presentation at the end of the experience. This is the first course in the sequence.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EOH 751 Integrative Learning Experience: Environmental and Occupational Health II 2.0 Credits

The Integrative Learning Experience (ILE) comprises the culminating experience required of full-time second-year MPH students majoring in Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH). Organized as a 4 credit project over two quarters in year two, students engage in an in-depth research project or project-based internship that emphasizes practical applications of concepts and skill development. Students may choose to work on an individual or group-based project. Students are required to complete a high-quality written product and presentation at the end of the experience. This is the second course in the sequence.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EOH 799 Master of Science Thesis Research in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences 3.0 Credits

Directed guidance of thesis research, preparation for presenting thesis research to colleagues at a seminar, and preparation for the final defense.

College/Department: Dornsife School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 12 credits

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