Public Health Biology and Physiology (3)
Provides students with insights into the biological basis and mechanisms of disease of the immune, pulmonary, cardiovascular, hepatic, and endocrine system and into major infectious disease. HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis will be portrayed in greater depth as exemplary infections with major global impact. The course covers the physiology and function of major human organ systems and how they are affected by disease. Brief overview will be provided into the biological mechanisms of selected infectious pathogens (bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and helminthes) that underlie and cause the infectious diseases under discussion. A variety of health prevention options and recommendations, including technical approaches, will be reviewed and discussed.
Public Health Preparedness and Response: Competency-Based Local, Regional, National, and Global Public Health Participation (3)
Addresses planning for public health response to natural (e.g., severe weather, temperature extremes, earthquakes, droughts, tsunamis, pandemics) and technological events (e.g., transportation crashes, chemical spills), as well as intentional attacks using CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive) agents. Special emphasis in examples and exercises is placed on environmental hazards and events.
Ecological Risk Assessment (3)
Examines ecological principles relevant to risk.
Prerequisite: A course in ecology or permission of instructor.
Industrial Site Visits (1)
The course combines lecture-workshop classes with site visits to selected manufacturing facilities and other workplaces in northern New Jersey and New York City. It builds on the existing course structure used at Hunter College for the industrial hygiene program, as well as on the periodic site visits made by occupational medicine residents and other students in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. Offered each semester with slight modifications in the workplaces visited.
Environmental and Occupational Health Practice (1)
Introduces students to the fundamental regulatory and scientific basis for modern environmental and occupational health professional practice.
Environmental and Occupational Toxicology (3)
Introduces students to the basic language and principles of toxicology.
Prerequisite: Organic chemistry or biochemistry.
Indoor Air Quality (3)
Addresses indoor air quality (IAQ) problems and mitigation approaches. The course examines major sources, commonly identified pollutants, and factors determining pollutant concentrations in indoor environments. Also examines health risks associated with various IAQ problems in contrast to other relevant types of health risks. A variety of risk management options and recommendations, including regulatory and technical approaches, will be reviewed and discussed.
The importance of incorporating biomarkers into environmental/occupational toxicology and epidemiology research has been well recognized. This course covers both theoretical concepts and practical issues of biomarkers.
Occupational Safety and Workplace Risk Mitigation (3)
Developing and maintaining an effective safety management system is vital for reducing workplace injuries and illnesses. Essential concepts necessary for integrating health and safety for industry will be covered. Students will have the opportunity to review the extensive literature related to workplace injuries, examine the environmental and labor standards designed to reduce them, discuss the research and issues related to this field, and prepare an occupation injury mitigation paper based on an industry of their choice.
Environmental Risk Assessment (3)
Introduces the concepts, language, and methods of risk assessment, and explains the role of risk assessment in individual and social decision making.
Prerequisites: PHCO 0503 and PHCO 0504.
Occupational Health Practices (2)
Covers several of the most important practical aspects of occupational health, including record keeping, confidentiality, surveillance, fitness, spirometry, audiometry, and neurobehavioral testing.
Prerequisite: Instructor approval.
Principles of Occupational Health (3)
The purpose of this course is to convey the principles that underlie the recognition and control of workplace health hazards.
Prerequisite: PHCO 0503.
Environmental Exposure Measurement and Assessment (3)
Develops the skills for designing exposure studies applicable to epidemiologic investigations and health risk assessment. The course teaches a variety of techniques that can be used to measure or estimate human exposures to hazardous substances.
Prerequisite: General statistics.
Public Health Preparedness II: Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response (3)
PHP II describes the public health emergency preparedness and response at the local, regional, state, and federal levels, addressing planning for public health response to natural (severe weather, earthquakes) and technological (transportation crashes, chemical spills) disasters, as well as to intentional attacks using CBRNE agents. Included will be both the theory and practice of emergency management; the incident command system (ICS) and public health incident command system (PHICS); the role of local, state, and federal agencies in planning and response; specific readiness based on threat ( infectious diseases, environmental) or critical populations (mental health emergency readiness, special needs, and vulnerable populations); public health crisis leadership and risk communication; and the use of the key public health competencies in emergencies (surveillance and information systems, training and evaluation, assurance, epidemiology, health education, etc.).
Public Health Preparedness: Agents of Mass Exposure, Injury, or Destruction (3)
Students learn about the unique characteristics of technological materials that have the potential to cause widespread harm to individuals and public health. Technical properties of so-called weapons of mass destruction are discussed, and their mechanism and capacity to disrupt society and health are described. Scenarios for exposure of large numbers of people to harmful agents, the mechanism of injury and the effects to health, the impact of damage or destruction to property and the environment, and various means of protecting the public and public health response workers are presented. Capabilities and methods to identify deleterious agents and approaches to mitigation and application of countermeasures are described. The importance of psychological and psychosocial aspects is discussed.
Principles of Industrial Hygiene (3)
Develops skills for evaluating exposures causing
occupational health problems in the industrial workplace. Emphasis will
be placed on mathematical techniques to estimate exposures to chemicals,
physical agents, and ergonomic hazards facing employees. Air sampling
and monitoring techniques will also be introduced.
Prerequisite: PHCO 0503.
Environmental Planning and Management (3)
Introduces policy decision-making processes and tools in the fields of environmental planning and management. The beginning of every class introduces the policy criterion or policy tool, followed by breakout sessions to increase student participation.
Cross-listed with 34:970:618. This course is offered through Rutgers Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.
Principles of Air Pollution (3)
Provides the fundamentals of air pollution control, including its importance in terms of preventing damage to property and health, its magnitude, and its sources.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
This course is offered through Rutgers School of Graduate Studies.
Advanced Multivariate Methods for Environmental and Health Issues (3)
Examines the application of factor, principal components, discriminant, and regression methods to environmental, health, land use, and social problems.
Prerequisites: PHCO 0504 and permission of instructor.
Cross-listed with 16:970:527. This course is offered through Rutgers School of Graduate Studies.
Air Sampling and Analysis Techniques (3)
Covers the methods used for collection and analysis of particulate and gaseous pollutants.
Lecture 1 hr/wk; Laboratory 3 hrs/wk. Prerequisite: ENOH 9621.
Cross-listed with 16:375:536. This course is offered through Rutgers School of Graduate Studies.
Hazardous Waste Management (3)
Covers hazardous waste as a social and technological problem.
Prerequisite: 16:375:525 Solid Waste Management (offered by the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences) or permission of instructor.
Cross-listed with 16:375:530. This course is offered through Rutgers School of Graduate Studies.