MICB-589 Environmental Health and Policy
Fall for 2017-2018
Steen, Tomoko Y. (tys8)

A recent White House report emphasizes the importance of “Big Data” in the science and health care fields. Managing big data in health sciences requires understanding of much broader areas of the field. Experts in various disciplines of health sciences need to develop wide understanding to ride this paradigm shift and need to help create new sets of health care policies for policy makers through collaborations and interdisciplinary approaches in emerging fields, such as environmental health. Across a broad range of health sciences, this course focuses on the field of environmental health and policy. The course will prepare students in both health sciences and public policy to quickly adapt to this emerging paradigm shift, while cultivating and directing their fresh innovative ideas in areas of environmental health policy.

Environmental health is defined by the CDC’s Environmental Hazards and Health Effects Program (EHHE) as a discipline of health sciences focused on improving “quality of life by preventing or controlling diseases or deaths that result from interactions between people and their environment.” This course will cover a broad range of environmental health issues world-wide, for example: air pollution and respiratory problems, climate change on health effects, cancer clusters, various cause of asthma, toxic waste, radioactive effects, mold, water related environmental health problem, food security, and nuclear biological and chemical weaponry. The course will also bring the field’s top experts from NASA, USAID, USDA, NIH, FDA, FBI, Ecological Society, and Chemical Society to the classroom. Through their lectures and friendly interactions with students, the students will learn about cutting edge research projects in environmental health and policy implications. Students will be given an opportunity to take field trips to see actual actions in the field. The goal for this course is to create both environmental science-savvy policy experts and environmental policy-savvy health science experts at the end of the semester.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: None
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