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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PBHL 512 [Min Grade: B] and PBHL 513 [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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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. Courses in Epidemiology and Biostatistics offered at other Drexel Schools and Colleges may be substituted for the required prerequisites, to be determined by the Program Director on a case-by-case basis.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PBHL 512 [Min Grade: C] and PBHL 513 [Min Grade: C]

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. Courses in Epidemiology and Biostatistics offered at other Drexel Schools and Colleges may be substituted for the required prerequisites, to be determined by the Program Director on a case-by-case basis.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PBHL 512 [Min Grade: C] and PBHL 513 [Min Grade: C]

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: 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: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

EOH 663 Injury Prevention and Control 3.0 Credits

A survey course examining the history, burden and cost of injury at the population level and its impact on health care systems. Lectures and readings will focus on critical analysis of incidence, risk, policy and prevention.

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

EOH 664 Safety in Healthcare 3.0 Credits

This course examines the history of healthcare safety as an emerging public health problem in the US. 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.

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

EOH 665 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 key components of risk assessment (hazard identification, dose-response assessment, exposure assessment, and risk characterization) through a series of didactic lectures and applied problems. Quantitative methods for conducting risk assessment will be taught, including use of software tools. We will discuss how risk assessment can inform risk management approaches (such as regulatory options), and vice versa. The course will emphasize the potentials, limitations and uncertainties of the risk analysis framework for protecting human health from environmental hazards.

College/Department: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PBHL 512 [Min Grade: B] and PBHL 513 [Min Grade: B] and EOH 610 [Min Grade: B] and EOH 620 [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: 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: School of Public Health
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

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