Course Options

Fall 2017 Courses

PHC 6937 Environmental Toxicology

Joseph Bisesi, PhD

This course is intended to introduce applications of environmental toxicology in the context of public health. Toxicology is the science that deals with the health effects that can result from exposure to chemical, biological, and physical agents in the environment. The course materials focus on the fate of chemicals in our environment, routes of exposure and measures taken to decrease these exposures, and approaches that are commonly used by public health officials when dealing with toxicants. Along with the scientific foundation of how chemicals cause adverse health effects, the role of public health is reinforced throughout the course with the goal of educating students on problem solving and decision-making required of public health practitioners

3 credits // online

PHC 6301 Aquatic Systems and Environmental Health

Andrew Kane, PhD

This course provides an overview of aquatic resources including oceans, estuaries, rivers, lakes, streams and ponds, with focus on respective biotic communities and environmental health. We will address the physical and chemical nature of water, and the hydrologic cycle in order to understand water and land usage, and effects of various types of contamination in different ecosystems. The course will provide a taxonomic and ecological summary of aquatic biota, from algae and invertebrates to vertebrates and pathogens. A case study approach will be used to provide resources pertaining to contaminant input, other anthropogenic activities, harmful algae, and changes in the environment such as climate change. Biotic indices of environmental change, including application of bioindicators, will be discussed and evaluated relative to both environmental and human health.

3 credits // online // Prerequisites: Introductory Biology and Chemistry, or instructor permission.

PHC 6036 Environmental Infectious Diseases: A Molecular Approach

John Lednicky, PhD

This course will provide the graduate student with an overview of environmental microbiology and review the latest tools in microbial ecology. The course will emphasize innovative methods in studying microbial diversity. The course is designed for students preparing for careers in public health.

3 credits // Monday 1:55-2:45 PM & Thursday 9:35-11:30 AM // HPNP 4170

PHC 6764 Global Public Health and Development 1

Sarah McKune, PhD

This course will cover fundamental public health and anthropologic principles, methods, and study designs. Case studies will be used to demonstrate how development practitioners can incorporate the use of these methods to investigate patterns of disease, patterns of culture, risk factors, broad causes, and the need for integrated interventions to reduce risk of disease and death. The case studies will also illustrate major global health challenges, such as malaria, HIV/AIDS, and maternal morbidity and mortality.

3 credits // Friday 9:35 AM-12:35 PM //HPNP G-201

PHC 6512 Environmental Management of Vector-borne Diseases

Bernard Okech, PhD

This course provides an opportunity for students to increase their skill sets in vector borne disease (infections transmitted by the bite of infected insect, spider or crustacean) management and to increase the number of public health professionals with the expertise needed by local, state and federal governments and other agencies involved in vector borne diseases around the world.

3 credits // Friday 12:50-3:50 PM // HPNP 4170 // There are no prerequisites although it is recommended that students take the Public Health Biology course

PHC 6313 Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health

Tara Sabo-Attwood, PhD

This course examines sources, routes, media, and health outcomes associated with biological, chemical and physical agents in the environment. It covers how these agents affect disease, water and air quality, food safety, and land resources in community and occupational settings. We will introduce the economic context and touch on legal frameworks associated with environmental and public health issues.

3 credits // Friday 8:30-11:30 AM // HPNP G-101