Environmental Health Sciences: Course Descriptions

Course Number Course Title Course Flyer Credit Hours Description Prerequisites
PUBHEHS 3193 Individual Studies in Environmental Health Sciences 1‐6 Individual studies in Environmental Health Sciences focusing on applied topics. Permission of instructor
PUBHEHS 3310 Current Issues in Global Environmental Health 3 Fundamental concepts and principles of environmental health are presented through a critical review and discussion of current issues in global environmental health. none
PUBHEHS 3320 Fundamentals in Environmental Health Risk Assessment 3 The scientific process used by governmental agencies to evaluate public health threats due to environmental contamination. An orientation to the fundamental and applied components of risk assessment including: hazard identification, toxicology/dose‐response, exposure assessment, and risk characterization. none
PUBHEHS 3330 Global Pandemics and Public Health 3 This course summarizes major global pandemics, including communicable (such as COVID-19) and noncommunicable (such as obesity) diseases that are current and from recent history, emphasizes public health threat detection and response, reviews related research articles from high impact journals, and provides a platform so that critical and major questions can be discussed and debated. None
PUBHEHS 4325 Climate Change and Human Health 3 Recognize current controversies about climate change, summarize the evidence about climate change on human health, and identify major human diseases associated with climate change. This course is PUBHEHS 5320 and converted to PUBHEHS 4325 (undergraduate section) as of Spring 2021. None
PUBHEHS 4530 Food Safety and Public Health 2 Principles and practice of food safety; transmission, inactivation and control of foodborne pathogens, hazards, toxins and allergens; risk assessment, sanitation, and pest control in foods. Cross listed in FDSCTE 4536
PUBHEHS 5315 Principles of Toxicology PDF icon SP20 Principles of Toxicology - Dr. Darryl Hood 3 Fundamentals of dose‐response, exposure, disposition and biotransformation of chemicals in mammalian systems; actions of toxicants in major organ systems. Not open to students with credit for 732.
PUBHEHS 5320 Climate Change and Human Health PDF icon SP20 Climate Change and Human Health - Dr. Qinghua Sun 3 Recognize current controversies about climate change, summarize the evidence about climate change on human health, and identify major human diseases associated with climate change.
PUBHEHS 5325 Principles of Occupational Health Science 3 Principles and practice of occupational health, including, among other topics, a history of the discipline and in‐depth consideration of occupational hazards and risks, including types, sources, exposures and health impacts. Not open to students with credit for 830.
PUBHEHS 5330 Environmental Epigenetics PDF icon SP20 Environmental Epigenetics - Dr. Min-Ae Song 3 Epigenetics is an exciting and rapidly growing field of science, with increasing applications in molecular biology, epidemiology and environmental science. Epigenetics is the study of biological mechanisms that will influence exposed host gene expression without altering DNA sequences. Epigenetic patterns of individuals can change over time by different environmental influences that explain a link between nature and nurture. For example, how identical twins with the same genetically information show different susceptibilities to disease. One of the mechanisms is changes in DNA methylation. The course will provide a solid foundation in epigenetics and introduce the basic mechanisms of epigenetic control of gene expression, major laboratory methods, and research applications of in molecular biology, epidemiology, and the environmental sciences. Biology 1113 or 1114, or permission of instructor
PUBHEHS 5335 Ecology of Infectious Diseases PDF icon SP20 Ecology of Infectious Diseases - Dr. Laura Pomeroy 3 This course provides an introduction to the ecology of infectious diseases. We will investigate infectious disease transmission and control in single- and multi-host systems and for vector-borne diseases. One undergrad-level Biology course, or permission of instructor.
PUBHEHS 5340 Air Contaminants and Public Health 3 Air is essential for human survival, and the degradation of its quality has significant impacts on human health and the environment. None
PUBHEHS 5345 Modeling Transmission and Control of Infectious Diseases in Humans and Animals 3 Provides an introduction to applied infectious disease modeling. Students will learn how the susceptible, infected, removed (SIR) model can represent infectious disease transmission. This course is cross listed with VETPREV 8830. Biology 1101, 1113 or equivalent; or permission of instructor.
PUBHEHS 5395 / ENVENG 5195 Engineering Design for Environmental health 3 Students in this course will learn how to incorporate health information into the engineering design process. This material complements risk assessment by focusing on the design of engineering systems. Course will discuss balancing financial, health, performance, and other considerations. Quantitative analysis will be conducted in soil, water, air, buildings, and occupational health scenarios. Math 1151,1161.01, or 1161.02, and Chem 1210 or 1250, and enrollment in the CivilEn, EnvEng, or PubHEHS major program; or grad standing; or permission of instructor.
PUBHEHS 6300 Environmental Health Science Issues in Health Administration 1.5 In this course, we will consider environmental health sciences as a cornerstone to public health Enrollment in HSMP‐MHA, or permission of instructor
PUBHEHS 6305 Principles of Environmental Health for Professionals 3 Survey of environmental influences on human health and strategies for prevention. Enrollment in the MPH program.
PUBHEHS 6310 Principles of Environmental Health Science 3 Survey of environmental influences on human health and strategies for prevention considering source emissions, environmental fate and transport, human exposure, dose, and biological effects. Not open to students with credit for 731.
PUBHEHS 6315 Advanced Environmental Health Science 3 Survey of environmental influences on human health and strategies for prevention considering source emissions, environmental fate and transport, human exposure, dose, and biological effects. Enrollment in the EHS program and Grad standing.
PUBHEHS 6320 Global Health and Environmental Microbiology 3 Fundamentals and emerging issues of health significant microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, protozoa) from water, air, soil and food, and their sources, transmission routes, treatments, detection methods and study tools. Not open to students with credit for 730. Cross listed in FdScTe
PUBHEHS 6325 Climate Change and Human Health 3 Global climate change may have considerable direct and indirect impacts on human health. This course will be based on scientific facts, focusing on both natural phenomena and anthropogenic activities, with emphasis on associations between disease initiation and progression in humans. This course is converted from PUBHEHS 5320 (graduate section) as of Spring 2021. None
PUBHEHS 6390 Major Human Diseases in Global Public Health PDF icon SP20 Major Human Diseases in Global Public Health - Dr. Qinghua Sun 3 Public health is focused on preventing illnesses and injuries or intervening to decrease the impact to populations of people. Emphasize on basic physiology, pathophysiology, and clinical evaluation of major human diseases that have significant global public health impact epidemiologically, politically, and economically with a focus on disease causes and prevention. Formerly PUBHEHS 7390 none
PUBHEHS 7193 Individual Studies in Environmental Health Sciences 1‐6 Individual studies in Environmental Health Sciences focusing on applied topics. none
PUBHEHS 7194 Group Studies in Environmental Health Sciences 1‐3 Group studies in Environmental Health Sciences. none
PUBHEHS 7330 Principles of Exposure Assessment 3 Introduction to concepts of routes of exposure, intake, uptake, dose, exposure modeling and data collection. Focus is on exposure assessment in environmental and occupational epidemiology. Not open to students with credit for 832.
PUBHEHS 7340 Environmental Law and Policy for Public Health 3 Basic concepts of environmental law and policy relevant to public health practice. Not open to students with credit for 736.
PUBHEHS 7350 Special Topics in Environmental Health Sciences 1‐3 Opportunity for students to pursue a particular environmental health interest that is not available through existing topical offerings. none
PUBHEHS 7360 Water Contamination: Sources and Health Impact 3 Topics focus on understanding the sources, the transport mechanisms and the fate of microbial and chemical contaminants in water, human exposure risks, tracking methods, linking to other environmental matrices and the public health impacts. Not open to students with credit for 729.
PUBHEHS 7365 Environmental and Human Health Risk Assessment PDF icon SP20 Human and Environmental Health Risk assessment - Dr. Olorunfemi Adetona 3 Students will learn about the development of the formal risk assessment process, its role in environmental and public health regulation in the United States and the four fundamental steps in a risk assessment. Students will learn about the interface between the risk assessment and risk management process. Not open to students with credit for 831.
PUBHEHS 7375 Quantitative Microbial Risk Analysis Modeling PDF icon SP20 QMRA - Dr. Mark Weir 3 This course will outline the fundamental sciences and their application in microbial risk modeling. Graduate level statistics or permission of instructor
PUBHEHS 7380 Exposure Science Monitoring Techniques 3 Environmental health science is a multidiscipline profession focusing mainly on public (human) health issues related to food/water/beverage sanitation, and water, air and land contamination and pollution. Emphasis on the principles and practices of human exposure monitoring of contaminants in air, water, soil, and food including field sampling, analytical instrumentation, and methods. none
PUBHEHS 7899 Seminar in Environmental Health Sciences 1‐3 Seminar on topics that are relevant to students enrolled in programs in the division of environmental health sciences. none
PUBHEHS 8340 Molecular Techniques for Environmental Health Sciences PDF icon SP20 Human and Environmental Health Risk assessment - Dr. Chris Weghorst and Dr. Thomas Knobloch 3 Practical introduction to molecular techniques, as applied to research in environmental health sciences. Not open to students with credit for 835.
PUBHEHS 8899 Doctoral Seminar in Environmental Health Sciences 1‐3 Doctoral level seminar on topics that are relevant to students enrolled in the PhD program in health environmental health sciences. none