Environmental Health in the Urban Community
Environmental Health in the Urban Community
John J. Lanza, MD, PhD, MPH, FAAP (left)
Julie Philippart, MT(ASCP), Dr. PH (right)
John Lanza: Pager: (850) 839-6436, firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie Philippart: Mobile: (850) 380-0137, email@example.com
PREREQUISITES OR COREQUISITES:
Those interested in this course and/or the
Public Health Certificate Program
should contact Mr. Steve Celestial at (850) 474-2885 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today, a majority of people live in cities and by 2050 over 75% of the world’s
population will be urban dwellers. This course will provide an overview of
the major environmental health issues facing urban areas and their inhabitants.
Covers the physical, chemical, and biological hazards present in urban areas
and their effects on human health.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (Objectives):
Following this course, the student will be able to:
- Discuss the historical significance of urbanization.
- Discuss the basic concepts of environmental justice and the disproportional impacts of environmental hazards on certain populations.
- Understand the impact of increasing population on the urban environment.
- Understand that as the urban population expands, stressors on the environment could affect human health outcomes.
- Describe how human health is affected by urban population growth, including the health of children and the elderly.
History of urbanization, environmental justice, urban environmental diseases,
international urbanization, urban planning, urban pollution including air, water,
soil, noise, light, solid and other hazardous materials, the built environment,
urban sprawl, urban heat island effect.
|Week ||Topic ||Instructor|
|1 ||History of Urbanization ||Lanza/Philippart|
|2 ||Population Dynamics ||Philippart|
|3 ||Environmental Justice ||Lanza|
|4 ||Chronic Diseases in the Urban Environment ||Lanza|
|5 ||Infectious Diseases in the Urban Environment ||Philippart|
|6 ||International Urbanization ||Philippart|
|7 ||Mid-term Examination || |
|8 ||Urban Pollution-Air, Water, Soil ||Lanza|
|9 ||Urban Pollution-Noise/Light ||Lanza/Philippart|
|10 ||Urban Pollution-Solid and other Hazardous Materials ||Philippart|
|11 ||Physical Activity/Lifestyle in Urban Environments ||Philippart|
|12 ||Urban Planning-the Built Environment/Urban
Sprawl/Urban Heat Island Effect ||Lanza|
|13 ||Public Health Preparedness ||Lanza|
|14 ||Processes for Change: MAPP and PACE-EH, Cost-Benefit
|15 ||Deadweek/Research Presentations || |
|16 ||Final Exam || |
- Our Global Environment-A Health Perspective, Anne Nadakavukaren,
5th ed., Waveland Press, 2000. [ISBN: 1-57-766098-6]
SPECIAL TECHNOLOGY UTILIZED BY STUDENTS: (beyond baseline requirements of e-mail and word processing)
- Students will be required to use PowerPoint.
Evaluation of student grades will be based on their performance in the following areas:
- (50 pts) - Critical thinking homework assignments and class participation
Active participation in classroom discussions is strongly encouraged.
Weekly attendance in class is highly recommended and students should
come to class prepared to participate in discussion. Class participation
will be evaluated based upon quality and quantity of assigned work completed,
level and frequency of in-class discussion, and evidence of having read
- (50 pts) - Periodical quizzes on reading and homework assignments
- (100 pts) - Mid-term exam
- (200 pts) - Final exam
- (100 pts) - Research paper on student’s choice of topic relating to
All students will perform research on a topic approved by the faculty.
The topic must be presented via email to either faculty member for approval
by the 6th week of the class. The paper will consist of six typewritten pages
using the APA style. An appendix will contain references and figures, charts, etc.
- (50 pts) - Research presentation on student’s choice of topic relating to
Each student will give a 10 minute oral presentation of their research using
audio-visuals during the deadweek class.
Grades will be calculated out of a total of 550 points, using the following scale:
A = 95+%,
A- = 90–94.9%,
B+ = 87–89.9%,
B = 84–86.9%,
B- = 80–83.9%,
C+ = 77-79.9%,
C = 74-76.9%,
C- = 70-73.9%,
D+ = 67-69.9%,
D = 63-66.9%,
F < 63%.
EXPECTATIONS FOR ACADEMIC CONDUCT/PLAGIARISM POLICY:
Students with special needs who require specific examination-related or other course-related
accommodations should contact Disabled Student Services (DSS),
email@example.com, (850) 474-2387. DSS will provide the student with a letter for the instructor
that will specify any recommended accommodations.
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