GHL3110 Environmental Health Policy

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Nicole Rankine

Course Description:

This course examines the environmental impact on community health and safety as well as assesses the influence of biological information on public health laws, policies, and regulations. Focus is placed on determining relationships between chemical, biological, and physical factors and environmental threats that produce negative health outcomes. Topics covered in this course include historical and current approaches for assessing, preventing, and controlling environmental hazards, waste management, air and water quality, occupational health and safety, vector borne diseases and control, food safety and regulation; environmental justice; and other relevant global environmental health concerns.

How This Course Benefits Students:

In today’s society health professionals operate at the boundary between science and policy especially as it relates to environmental health. In the Beginning, the Bible demonstrated that humans were given dominion and rule over the earth and have a responsibility to be good stewards of what God has provided for us to dwell. However, the human health risks posed by environmental exposures are complex, poorly understood, and continually debated. Students seeking to be global health leaders must understand the relationship between environmental health sciences and policy development.

Why This Course Is Important:

Knowledge of environmental health and policy at the local, national, and global levels is imperative to understand why the maintenance of environmental health quality is important for human health.