Public Health, Environmental Health (PHEH)

PHEH 301. Public Health and Our Environment3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 102 (or higher) or CHEM 101 (or higher).

Description: This course delineates the impact of the environment on human health through consideration of physical, chemical, and biological factors. Topics include physical, chemical, and biological agents of environmental contamination; vectors for dissemination (air, water, soil); solid and hazardous waste; susceptible populations; governmental organizations that address risks, the scientific basis for policy decisions; and emerging global environmental health problems.

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PHEH 305. Environmental Toxicology3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Prerequisite(s): PHEH 301 or CHEM 101 (or equivalent chemistry course).

Description: This course will cover basic foundations of toxicology with emphasis on how environmental toxicants affect human health. Topics include principles of toxicology, survey of toxicants and their effects, organ-specific toxicity, regulatory toxicology, and development of critical thinking skills to assess health risks.

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PHEH 315. Environmental Health and Public Health Practices2 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Prerequisite(s): PHEH 301.

Description: This course will cover the practice of public health as related to areas typically falling under the umbrella of environmental health, including assessment of environmental hazards in air and water, food safety, swimming pool safety, vector control, and emergency preparations. Details of environmental health practice will be presented in the context of regulatory framework and scientific basis of environmental hazards.

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PHEH 320. Environmental Policy and Risk Assessment in Public Health3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Prerequisite(s): PHEH 301.

Description: This course provides an overview of the development and implementation of environmental health policy at local, national, and global scales and the role of risk analysis. Case-examples will provide in-depth assessments of environmental health policy and specific risk analysis topics.

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PHEH 330. Childhood Nutrition from a Public Health Perspective3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Prerequisite(s): One semester of BIOL 102.

Description: This course explores the USDA childhood nutrition support programs including the national school breakfast and lunch programs, the Women Infants and Children program, and community nutrition education programs that target children. The role of food advertising on childhood food preferences as well as dietary patterns for children of various ages within the US Dietary Recommendations will be introduced.

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PHEH 440. Biology for Population Health3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 102 (or equivalent) and BIOL 104 (or equivalent).

Description: The course explores the biology, anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, and pathophysiology of selected acute and chronic diseases from a public health perspective.

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PHEH 500. Introduction to Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences2 Units

Prerequisite(s): Enrollment in School of Public Health and Information Sciences.

Description: This course provides students with the basic concepts and principles of environmental health and occupational health including environmental agents in water, air and soil, such as chemicals, biological and physical agents, and other important factors that may constitute a risk to humans. It also provides an overview of the basic principles and methods of risk assessment and risk management. This course is designed for all public health practitioners and meets the core environmental health requirement for the MPH degree program.

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PHEH 525. Biological Basis for Parasitic and Infectious Diseases1 Unit

Prerequisite(s): PHEH 500 (or concurrently).

Description: This course will provide an overview of key biological concepts related to the pathogenic responses of humans to infectious and parasitic agents. The central questions addressed by the course include: What strategies are used by different types of pathogens to interact with host cells and what physical/cellular barriers impact host infectious/parasite interactions; and how do host cells/organisms respond to different types of pathogens through innate and adaptive immune responses to infectious/parasitic diseases.

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PHEH 526. Nutrition and Maternal and Child Health3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Description: This course covers the scientific foundations of human nutrition and digestion, methodologies for nutritional assessment in at-risk populations, and the impact of food scarcity/nutritional inadequacy on maternal/child.

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