Environmental Health Courses (ENH)

Catalog 2016-2017

Environmental Health Courses (ENH)

ENH 600/600Q. Fundamentals of Environmental Health Sciences.  This introductory course is designed to teach public health graduate students the fundamental concepts of environmental health science, the scientific research methods used to study the interaction between human health and the environment, and basic issues in the management of occupational and environmental health problems. Prerequisites: Admission into the MPH program or permission of instructor.  College level biology and/or chemistry strongly recommended.  This course is also available online with permission of the instructor.  3 hours (Dickinson)

ENH 601. Environmental Chemistry.  Chemical concepts applied to pollutant behavior in biosphere; absorption, leaching, evaporation.  Mechanisms of chemical modification in environmental, photochemical processes, redox systems, hydrolysis; metabolic transformation of selected pesticides, air contaminants, and hazardous chemical wastes are also discussed. Prerequisite: General Chemistry and Calculus recommended.  3 hours

ENH 603. Management of Occupational Health and Safety Programs.  Provides an overview of management principles as they relate to occupational safety and industrial hygiene, emphasizing the development of the "soft" skills. It provides management training as well as communication techniques for illustrating and justifying changes that are technically sound.  The course will review theoretical and practical principles of managing safety and industrial hygiene programs.  Real world examples are used to support management theories.  3 hours

ENH 609Q. Climate Change and Global Health.  Climate change is an exceptional global environmental crisis primarily driven by anthropogenic activities with adverse consequences on ecological and life systems. This course will provide students an overview of the driving forces and mechanics of climate change and a comprehensive analysis of the implications on Earth’s natural/human ecosystems and health in a local, regional and global scale. The concepts, approaches and uncertainties of methods applied to assess and monitor the health impacts of climate change will be presented and specific disease cases will be discussed. Lastly, ongoing efforts to cope/adapt, mitigate or reduce the impacts and the mechanisms to develop these tools will be examined.  This course is only offered online.  3 hours (Kavouras)

ENH 610Q. Environmental Disasters.  Examines the worldwide problem of toxic disasters, particularly those involving invisible agents (chemicals, infectious disease agents, radiation). Theory, case studies, field experience, and current scientific research are reviewed, and the public health, environmental, human services and public policy implications of toxic disasters are discussed.  This course is only offered online.  3 hours (Fanucchi)

ENH 611/611Q.  Environmental & Occupational Exposure Assessment.  This lecture course is intended to develop an understanding and appreciation of environmental exposure assessment and its role in providing the tools and information for toxicology, epidemiology, and risk management. The course material introduces the general concepts of first recognizing environmental exposures to chemicals in human populations, and then using sampling techniques to assess exposures.   This course is also available online.  3 hours (Fanucchi)

ENH 612Q.  Assessing & Managing Environmental Risks.   Examination of the methods used in developing environmental policy, with a focus on how toxicology and exposure measurements are used in environmental risk assessment and management.  Students will learn the risk assessment process from identifying hazards, assessing exposure, and characterizing the risks, as well as identifying means to evaluate the effectiveness of environmental policies from social and economic perspectives.  This course is only available online. Prerequisite: ENH 650 or permission of instructor.   3 hours (Kavouras/Lungu)   

ENH 621Q. Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene.  Chemical, physical and other hazards and stresses found in the work environment.  Recognizing potential hazards by understanding industrial processes, toxicity of environmental contaminants, and occupational disease processes.  Study design and preparation for field evaluation, conduct of industrial hygiene surveys, and interpretation of survey results.  This course is only offered online. 3 hours (Crawford)

ENH 622. Industrial Hygiene Application for Hazardous Substances.  This course covers industrial hygiene aspects of hazardous waste operations, and the regulatory aspects of those operations.  Students will gain knowledge of the OSHA and EPA regulations related to health and safety issues and will learn about personal safety equipment and techniques, administrative controls, and hazardous waste sampling. Prerequisite: ENH 621 or equivalent.  3 hours

ENH 624/624Q. Control of Occupational Hazards.  Importance of engineering controls in reducing occupational health hazards.  Substitution of less toxic substances, modification of work processes, and design of local exhaust ventilation systems; proper selections and use of personal protective equipment, especially respirators, also considered. This course is available online.  2 hours  (Crawford)

ENH 625/625Q. Industrial Hygiene Case Studies.  Integrates students' basic knowledge through consideration of real work-place situations.  Step-by-Step analysis of case reports covering occupational health problems in representative industrial situations. Sequential presentation of overview of working conditions, survey strategies, interpretation of results, and recommendations. This course is available online.  2 hours

ENH 626/626Q. Physical Agents.  Sources, effects, and control of occupational and environmental noise, ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, and temperature extremes. Review of exposure standards and introduction of measurement equipment and techniques. This course is available online.   2 hours

ENH635Q:  Foodborne and Waterborne Diseases: Causes and Prevention.  Food and water safety are essential to maintain human health.  The CDC estimates that about 1-in-6 in the US succumb to a foodborne illness each year. The high incidence of foodborne and waterborne diseases warrants an intentional study of the pathogens and chemicals responsible for this incredible number of illnesses and significant burden to the medical system. Students will understand the agents that cause disease, disease pathogenesis combined with host and comorbid factors, methods of transmission, surveillance, and prevention.  This course is only available online.  3 hours (Dickinson/Fanucchi)

ENH 650/650Q.  Essentials of Environmental and Occupational Toxicology and Diseases.  Serves as introductory graduate level course that focuses on multiple aspects of toxicology and disease processes associated with environmental and occupational exposures.  Students learn basic terminology and concepts of environmental and occupational toxicology as well as occupational and environmental disease recognition, management and prevention.  Emphasis is on scientific foundations rather than on addressing topical issues.  The general course orientation is towards basic principles, organ system physiology, diseases and prevention.   This course is also available online.  3 hours (Iles/Fanucchi/Dickinson)

ENH 660/660Q. Fundamentals of Air & Water Pollution.  An integrated introduction to air and water pollution, including its sources, transport, and effects.  Focus will be on measurement and characterization of air pollution and the bio-assessment of water quality. Regulatory control of pollutants and the technical aspects of engineering controls will also be given emphasis.  This course is also offered online.  3 hours (Lungu/Fanucchi)

ENH 661/661Q. Environmental Sampling and Analysis Lab.  This course is designed to provide the students with a thorough understanding of the principles and practice of air and water sampling.  The course will focus on contaminant gases, vapors, suspended particulate material and dissolved chemicals in water.  A basic understanding of chemistry and physics is prerequisite. Working professionals taking the online version of the MPH in Occupational Health & Safety track will not be required to participate in the lectures and laboratory exercises described in the syllabus of the course. However, slides with lecture commentary will be provided to the students and they will have to submit responses to the quizzes and homework assignments. This course is available online.  2 hours (Lungu/Crawford)

ENH 670Q. Fundamentals of Occupational Safety.  Basic principles of safety and loss control; emphasis on prevention of losses of people, property, and products in work place. Developing competence in human-factors engineering, fire prevention, physical and behavioral science, product safety, and science of accident prevention.  This course is only offered online. 3 hours (Dickinson)

ENH 680/680Q. Field Interdisciplinary Studies.  Field trips to industries throughout Alabama to observe processes and interact with other occupational health personnel.  Seminars held with occupational health nursing, industrial hygiene, and safety and ergonomics students to exchange information on latest developments in each field. Prerequisite: ENH 621 or Permission of Instructor. This course is available online. 1 hour

ENH 681/681Q. Interdisciplinary Worksite Evaluations.  To assist students in developing critical thinking and analytical skills, provide them with experience in applying discipline-specific knowledge in a broad occupational health and safety context, and provide experience in working in interdisciplinary teams.  The course consists of an overview of survey methodology and information sources, with emphasis on job safety analysis, a review of the occupational site or process to be evaluated and a report of the identified hazards and recommended controls.  This course is available online.  2 hours

ENH 691/691Q. Current Topics in Environmental & Occupational Health & Safety Seminar.  Development of communication skills through objectively reviewing scientific literature; presentations and summaries of research or professional activities.  This course is available online.  1 hour (Lungu)

ENH 697/697Q. Internship.  Field experience under joint direction of a public health faculty member and qualified specialist working in selected aspects of public health. Pass/No Pass.  3 hours (Faculty)

ENH 698. Master's Directed Research, Environmental Health.  Independent study with guidance of appropriate faculty.  Pass/No Pass. 1 - 9 hours (Faculty)

ENH 699. Project Research, Environmental Health.  Research for project under direction of research project committee.  Pass/No Pass. 1 - 9 hours (Faculty)

ENH 700. Scientific Basis of Environmental Health.  This is an overview course that is intended to provide doctoral students with a broad understanding of the scientific principles on which environmental health is based within the context of the interaction of human activities and ecosystems, and the reciprocal impact of those interactions on human health and global ecology.  Course will be graded by letter.  3 hours (Dickinson)

ENH 701. Environmental Chemistry.  This advanced course covers physical and chemical processes that determine the dynamic nature of the atmosphere and interrelations with water and soil.  It also covers measurement methods and data analysis regarding observed concentrations of many key compounds.  The course also covers chemical aspects of current environmental change issues, as well as reviews risk assessment as applied to tropospheric air quality. Course will be graded by letter. Prerequisites: ENH 601 is preferred.  Other courses emphasizing thermodynamics, kinetics and transport phenomena can be used with permission of instructor.  3 hours (Kavouras)

ENH 702. Advanced Topics in Environmental Management.  Building on ENH 612, this advanced course examines emerging issues and challenges in environmental management and policy. Topics include global environmental threats, ecosystem management, ecological risk assessments, and frameworks for integrating science and public policy. Course will be graded by letter. Prerequisite: ENH 602 or 612 or permission of instructor.  3 hours (Kavouras/Dickinson)

ENH 705. Special Topics (Readings) in Environmental and Occupational Health.  Following topics taught on request on individual basis. 1 - 9 hours each Radiological Health, Air Pollution, Systems Safety, Advanced Toxicology, Environmental Monitoring, Noise Control, Free Radical Biology & Medicine, Techniques of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology, Environmental Justice and Racism. (Faculty)

ENH 710. Grant Proposal Writing in Biomedical Sciences.  This course will train second-year graduate students in the intricacies of writing research proposals in the biomedical sciences. Pass/No Pass.  1 hour (Faculty)

ENH 752:  Biochemical & Molecular Toxicology.  This advanced course focuses on the cellular, biochemical and molecular mechanisms of toxicant action in humans.  Specific toxic agents to be discussed will vary based on student and instructor interest, and students are encouraged to focus on agents specific to their research interests.  This course is taught partly as an independent study/directed readings, with some lecture material.  Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.  3 hours (Fanucchi/Dickinson)

ENH 763. Aerosol Technology.  Defines properties and behavior of aerosols from industrial hygiene and environmental perspectives.  Reviews fundamental particle descriptions and critical fluid properties affecting particle behavior.  Methods of defining particle size and particle behavior.  Methods of defining particle size and size distribution and theories of particle kinetics and their application to particle disposition and collection. Prerequisite: ENH 661, ENH 662.  2 hours

ENH 770. Advanced Topics in Environmental Disasters and Public Health.  Examines emerging public health challenges posed by incidents involving chemicals, radiation and biological agents.  Students are provided with the opportunity to undertake guided research on current topics in the field and discuss their findings with graduate students and faculty members.  Course will be graded by letter. Prerequisites: ENH 610.  3 hours (Fanucchi)

ENH 790. Seminar: Current Topics in Environmental Health Sciences Research.  Interactive forum in which graduate students and faculty discuss dissertation research projects and topics related to the field of Environmental Health Sciences research through the presentation of journal articles.  Course is designed to develop oral communication skills for presenting scientific material to peer groups.  Presentations by graduate students are followed by discussion and questions. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.  Pass/No Pass. 1 hour  (Kavouras)

ENH 796. Environmental Health Sciences Research.  Lab Rotations. Prerequisites: Required for First and Second Year PhD students in the Industrial Hygiene and Environmental Management and Policy foci.  Course will be graded by letter.  Permission of instructor required to register.  3 hours (Faculty)

ENH 798. Doctoral Directed Research, Environmental Health.  Independent study with guidance of appropriate faculty. Pass/No Pass.  1 - 9 hours (Faculty)

ENH 799. Dissertation Research, Environmental Health.  Research for dissertation under the direction of the dissertation committee. Pass/No Pass.  1 - 9 hours (Faculty)