After completing the School of Public Health requirements and the ENHS concentration core, students may select elective courses in ENHS that focus on the environmental health sciences, occupational health sciences, disaster preparedness and management or on a combination of these program concentrations.
ENHS 6238 Principles of Environmental Health
[3 Credits] This course explores the relationships between man and the natural environment by examining the impact of human activities on air, water, soil, and food quality, and by analyzing the outcomes of encounters between humans and natural events, venomous animals, and toxic plants and fungi.
ENHS 6239 Principles of Occupational Health
[3 Credits] The purpose of this ENHS curriculum core curriculum course is (1) to provide public health practitioners and managers with an overview of occupational health and related medical issues, (2) to link occupational hazards and exposures with the pathophysiologic development of occupationally-related illnesses, and (3) to fulfill the Occupational Health and Medicine course requirements.
ENHS 6240 Traveler’s Health and Tropical Medicine
[3 Credits] The purpose of this course is (1) to provide an overview of traveler’s health and related travel and tropical medical issues, and (2) to link foreign travel and tropical and other environmental exposures with the pathophysiologic development of travel and environmentally related illnesses. This course is not a laboratory course and does not duplicate the didactic and laboratory material presented in Medical Microbiology, Immunology, and Parasitology (MIP). This course emphasizes the etiologic agents, clinical manifestations, medical and surgical management, and primary and secondary prevention of travel-acquired and tropical diseases.
ENHS 6241 Medical Toxicology
[3 Credits] The purpose of this course is (1) to provide public health, medical, and health sciences graduate students with an introduction to medical toxicology and related medical issues; (2) to link illicit, prescribed, and OTC pharmaceutical poisonings with the pathophysiologic development of drug-induced illnesses, (3) to link occupational, environmental, and wilderness hazards and exposures with the pathophysiologic development of organic toxin-induced illnesses; (4) to develop methodologies for the primary prevention, diagnosis and treatment of common poisonings in children and adults; and (5) to prepare medical students for the USMLE Parts 2 and 3, specifically to prepare for questions regarding common poisonings and envenomations in children and adults.
ENHS 6242 Analytical and Forensic Toxicology
[3 Credits] The purpose of the course is to provide Public Health Professionals with an understanding of the application of Analytical Chemistry in Forensic Toxicology. Forensic Toxicology (analytical, clinical, environmental, etc.) is the science of toxicology used in a legal setting.
ENHS 6243 Air Quality, Air Pollution, and Dispersion Modeling
[3 Credits] This course will consider the common biological, chemical, and physiochemical contaminants of indoor and outdoor air in relationship to national air quality standards and recommended maximum exposure levels. In addition, this course will introduce the applications of computer modeling in predicting the directions, configurations, maximum contaminant levels, and human health effects of intentional and unintentional vapor plume releases. Designs for gaseous pollutant and particulate control are discussed.
ENHS 6245 Health Risk Assessment and Management
[3 Credits] This course provides students with the knowledge and methodology to determine whether current or future chemical exposures will pose health risk to certain population or ecosystems. The objectives of this course are (1) to provide the concept of environmental health risk assessment, (2) to understand the basic components of risk assessment, (3) to understand the methods for risk analysis and management, (4) to familiarize with different toxicological databases and resources, (5) to familiarize with the regulatory aspect of risk assessment (6) to provide the skills of effective risk communication.
ENHS 6246 Water Quality Management
[3 Credits] The purpose of this course is (1) to provide an overview of principle of water quality management, (2) to familiarize with water quality law and regulation, (3) to familiarize with water sources/usage and water quality characteristics, (4) to identify water pollution parameters, (5) to examine the available treatments, (6) and to understand the importance of water quality monitoring and protection.
ENHS 6247 Prevention and Management of Food Borne Diseases
[3 Credits] The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of 1) food borne diseases and their etiologies, (2) factors that favor and deter microbial growth in foods, (3) characteristics of food borne disease outbreaks, (4) emerging pathogens related to food borne disease, and (5) federal and state responsibilities in control of food borne disease.
ENHS 6249 Occupational Lung Diseases
[3 Credits] The purpose of this course is to provide Public Health professionals with a solid understanding of: (1) How occupational and environmental exposures can cause pulmonary disease; (2) How respiratory protection can be employed to prevent occupational pulmonary disease; (3) How physicians assess a worker for possible lung disease; (4) Clinical presentation, diagnosis, and prognosis of common occupational pulmonary diseases.
ENHS 6250 Emergency Response to Disasters and Terrorism
[3 Credits] The purpose of this course is to provide public health students with an overview and awareness of potential threats facing our homeland and to familiarize students with the protocols for response for Public Health employees and for the local, state, and federal agencies associated with response and recovery. Emergency response is multi-faceted and this course will include observation as well as practical experiences in the field.
ENHS 6251 Radiological Health and Radiation Safety
[3 Credits] This course provides a basic review of nuclear physics and considers the common environmental sources of natural and manmade ionizing radiation and the human health impact of ionizing radiation. Radiation protection of workers and the general public are discussed.
ENHS 6252 Industrial Hygiene and Environmental Safety
[3 Credits] This course considers the principles of industrial hygiene including skin and lung absorption, dermal and inhalation toxicology, biohazards, ergonomics, chemical agents, and indoor heating/cooling and ventilation systems. In addition, this course teaches the principles of industrial plant safety including job safety analysis, job re-design, hazard identification, biomarker monitoring, emergency operations, and the socio-behavioral aspects of safety compliance.
ENHS 6253 Geospatial Health and the Environment
[3 Credits] The purpose of the ENHS public health course entitled Geospatial Health and Environment is (1) to provide public health, medical, and health sciences graduate students with an introduction to medical applications of the geospatial sciences and related environmental issues; (2) to link new tools in Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing (GIS/RS) to environmental and geospatial risk factors that determine the spatial distribution and prevalence of disease, (3) understand the fundamental concepts of landscape epidemiology and the basis for ecological niche modeling of disease agents, (4) develop technical skills needed for application of GIS/RS decision support systems in prevention, control and health education programs, and (5) integrate course concepts and skills by development and presentation of a class project that applying GIS/RS to a disease issue of public health importance.
ENHS 6255 Principles of Environmental Toxicology
The purpose of this course is to provide public health professionals with a working understanding of the application of laboratory methods to environmental/ occupational field investigations. Students will gain the ability to select the methods most suitable to a specific task. They will also be able to read and evaluate the results of such investigations; understand the methods employed, and gauge the veracity of the results. The students will also be able to relate laboratory results to those less informed.
ENHS 6400 Independent Study
[1-3 credits] This course provides the student an opportunity to study a topic in depth while under the guidance of a faculty member. The focus of the course will be a specific aspect of a public health discipline, which is not the primary focus of exiting public health courses. The course will involve directed readings and may require completion of a paper or study project that provides evidence of comprehension and professional proficiency in the area studied. Independent Study may only be taken for a maximum of 3 credit hours toward the MPH Degree.
ENHS 6600 Capstone in Environmental Health
[3 Credits] All professional degree programs identified in the instructional matrix shall assure that each student demonstrates skills and integration of knowledge through a culminating experience. A culminating experience is one that requires a student to synthesize and integrate knowledge acquired in coursework and other learning experiences and to apply theory and principles in a situation that approximates some aspect of professional practice. Prerequisite: BIOS 6100 Biostatistical Methods I, BIOS lab or BIOS 6200 Principles of Applied Statistics; EPID 6210 Principles of Epidemiology or EPID 6209 Principles of Epidemiology – Online; ENHS 6238 Principles of Environmental Health; BCHS 6212 Behavioral Science Theories in Public Health; and HPSM 6268 Health Services Administration and Management.