Course Descriptions & Student Learning Outcomes

OESM 106 - Introduction To Environmental Health

  • Prerequisite: "C" or higher in ENG 22/60 or ESL 23, OR Placement in ENG 100; "C" or higher in MATH 25, OR Placement in MATH 100/103/115

This course will help students develop understanding on the extent of environmental problems, how they affect the ecosystem and the workplace, how to investigate environmental problems, and pertinent environmental laws and regulations. Required for OESM majors.

3 hrs. lect. per week

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of OESM 106, the student will be able to:

  • Identify environmental health issues of importance to individuals, communities, and nations
  • Define classes of environmental health hazards
  • Identify environmental diseases and their etiology
  • Describe chemical and environmental pathways for toxins
  • Identify naturally occurring environmental health hazards
  • Describe classes of chemical health hazards
  • Classify human health responses associated with specific chemicals in the environment
  • Explain sources and health effects of ionizing radiation
  • Identify types and sources of air pollution
  • Describe potential acute and chronic health effects resulting from air pollution
  • Identify types of water pollution and its significance to human health
  • Describe several major environmental health disasters in the world
  • Analyze pollution incidents and accidents to determine type and extent of potential human health effects
  • Assess U.S. environmental legislation and its significance for human health
  • Describe enforcement mechanisms for environmental laws
  • Predict environmental pathways and health outcomes for pollution problems
  • Describe options for hazardous waste management and their significance to health
  • Classify environmental monitoring and pollution control techniques
  • Describe environmental epidemiology methodology
  • Assess health risks as determined by epidemiological studies
  • Define types of biological and chemical weapons and their potential for disease causation
  • Identify alternatives to the introduction of chemicals into the environment
  • Use prevention techniques and policies as a basis for minimization of negative environmental impacts on human health

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