Winter 2012 Environmental Health Courses

Looking for an upper division elective?  Want to apply science knowledge to solve real world public health problems?

ENV H 441:  Food Protection           

MWF 330-420 in HST T530

Study of identification and characteristics of chemicals and biological agents implicated in foodborne disease outbreaks and conditions or circumstances by which food contamination occurs. Examination of food protection activities conducted by local and state government at the retail level. Prerequisite: 2.0 in CHEM 162; 2.0 in MICROM 302.


ENV H 442:  Zoonotic Diseases and Their Control

(in time schedule as Vector Control but revision is in progress)

MWF 1030-1120 in HST T498

This course examines the transmission and control of zoonotic and vector-borne diseases of public health importance around the U.S. and the world.  From the dawn of human history until the present day humans and animals have been sharing their pathogens and diseases.  Typhus, Yellow Fever, Malaria, Bubonic Plague, Dengue have all affected the course of history and their causative agents continue to be present in our environment, along with new “plagues” like Hantavirus, Lyme Disease, and West Nile Virus.  Attention will be made to identification, surveillance and control methods.  Prerequisite: 2.0 in BIOL 220.

ENV H 446 Hazardous Waste Management

MWF 130-220 in HST T478

Characterization of hazardous wastes and introduction to pertinent federal and state regulations. Discussion of exposure pathways and description of management options at pre-generation, pre-release, and post-release stages. Emphasis on public health significance. Supplemented with case studies. Prerequisite: 2.0 in CHEM 162; either 2.0 in MATH 112 or 2.0 in MATH 124; recommended: MATH 125, CHEM 224, PHYS 115.


ENV H 452:  Detection and Control of Environmentally Transmitted Microbiological Hazards                          

MWF 930-1020 in HST T359

Focuses on the detection and control of infections microorganisms in air, food, water, and other environmental media. Provides a discussion on sample collection, processing and detection for infectious microorganisms. Provide coverage of engineered controls and disinfection/decontamination processes for infectious microorganisms.


ENV H 462:  Technical Aspects of Occupational Safety                

T 1030-1250 in HSE E216

Reviews federal OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and state WISHA (Washington Industrial Safety and Heath Act) standards. Explores the impact of these regulations on industry, particularly construction. Upon completion of the course, students receive an OSHA 510 30-hour Construction Safety and Health certification.