Environmental Health Concentration

Course #TitleCompetenciesCredits
HSCI 560 Toxicology (Fall) 1,3,4 3
HSCI 545 Advanced Topics In Exposure Assessment (Fall) 1,2,3,5 1
Category A: Environmental Agents and Occupational Health/Industrial Hygiene Selectives (Choose 3 Credits)
Environmental Agents
CE 597 Indoor Air Quality (Spring) 3,4 3
HSCI 551 Physical Agents in Environmental Health (Odd Spring) 1,2,3,4 3
FS 565 Microbial Foodborne Pathogens (Odd Spring) 1,2,4 3
Occupational Health/Industrial Hygiene
HSCI 446 Applied Industrial Hygiene (Fall) 1,3,4,5 3
HSCI 546 Advanced Industrial Hygiene Control Technology (Spring) 1,4
HSCI 580 Occupational Safety and Ergonomics (Fall) 1,2,3,4,5 3
IE 558 Safety Engineering (Odd Spring) 1,4
Category B: Environmental Management Selectives (Choose 3 credits)
CE 557 Air Quality Management (Fall) 1,2,4 3
ASM 510 Agrosecurity-Emergency Management for Agricultural Production Operations (Fall) 1,2,3,4,5 3
CE 597/EEE 595 Solid and Hazard Waste Management (Spring) 1,2,4,5 3
ENTM 510 Insect Pest Management (Fall) 1,4
Category C: Electives (Optional)
HSCI 562 Analytical and Pathological Toxicology (Even Spring) 1,3 3
HSCI 671 Biochemical Toxicology (Odd Spring) 2 2
ENTM 611 Toxicology of Insecticides (Odd Spring) 1,2,3,4,5 3
HSCI 696 Graduate Seminar in Health Sciences (Fall, Spring) 1,3,5 1
ENTM 525 Medical and Veterinary Entomology (Odd Spring) 1,2,4,5 3
ENTM 602 Insect Biology (Fall) 1
CE 597 Geographic Information Systems (Spring) 1,4,5 3
ASM 540 Geogrphic Information Systems (Fall) 1,4,5 3
BIOL 595 Epigenetics in Human Disease (Fall) 1 3
BIOL 533 Medical Microbiology (Fall) 1 3
POL 523 Environmental Politics and Public Policy (Spring) 2,4,5 3
AGEC 525 Enviornmental Policy Analysis (Fall) 2,4,5 3
POL 620 Pro-seminar: Public Policy (Fall) 1,2,3,4,5 3

Guidelines: For the environmental health concentration, plans of study must include HSCI 560 and HSCI 545. In addition, three credits from categories A and three credits from category B must be completed. The remaining five credits can be from categories A, B, or C. Additionally, all environmental health competencies must be thoroughly covered.

HSCI 446 — Applied Industrial Hygiene

This course allows the student to synthesize his or her basic industrial hygiene fundamentals to understand how they apply in the real world. Issues faced by industrial hygienists will be addressed by a variety of guest speakers. Class projects add to the diversity of this senior capstone course.

HSCI 545 — Advanced Topics in Exposure Assessment

Current research and practice in human environmental exposure assessment, including homogeneous exposure groups, job-task modeling, physiologically-based pharmacokinetic and modeling of exposure and dose, biological markers of exposure, statistical issues, exposure assessment in epidemiology, and risk assessment. Students and faculty present readings and lead discussions. Permission of instructor required.

HSCI 546: Advanced Industrial Hygiene Control Technology

Students and faculty present readings and lead discussions on current research and practice in industrial hygiene control technology, including general control strategy, personal protective equipment, and ventilation. Students conduct self-paced, step-wise solutions to practical case studies. Ventilation design software is used to solve design problems. 

HSCI 551: Physical Agents in Environmental Health

This course focuses on occupational safety and health issues of human exposure to physical agents, primarily nonionizing radiation. Topics include health concerns and safety strategies developed for the following agents: noise, vibration, electric current, low frequency electric and magnetic fields, radiofrequency/microwave fields, visible light, lasers and ultraviolet radiation, ionizing radiation, heat, and cold. For each agent, its physical characterization, biological interactions, scientific basis for exposures standards or guidelines, and techniques for exposure assessment and control will be discussed. The emphasis will be on the information and concepts most needed for the understanding and prevention of hazards to human health. Wherever possible, common concepts in both physical characterization and biological effectiveness of the agents will be emphasized.

HSCI 560 — Toxicology

Introduction to general principles of toxicology, target organ toxicity and safety evaluation. Covers toxicity of metals, solvents, pesticides, gases, dusts and food additives.

HSCI 562 — Analytical and Pathological Toxicology

Introduction to general principles of toxicology, target organ toxicity and safety evaluation. Covers toxicity of metals, solvents, pesticides, gases, dusts and food additives.

HSCI 580 — Occupational Safety and Ergonomics

Occupational safety is a cross-disciplinary area concerned with protecting the safety, health and welfare of people engaged in work. Occupational ergonomics is a branch of science that focuses on optimizing the relationships between workers and their work environment. This course focuses on the principles and applications of safety and ergonomics as it applies to workers. The first part of the course will consist of lectures on the fundamentals of safety standards and liability and the development of work-related musculoskeletal disorders, ergonomic risk factors including work practices, tools, and workstation design. The last part will consist of identification and use of safety and ergonomic controls to reduce and prevent work-related fatalities, injuries, and musculoskeletal disorders. 

HSCI 671 — Biochemical Toxicology

Toxicologists in all fields are concerned with mechanism of action or how a specific toxicant or class of toxicants produces toxicity. Introductory toxicology courses typically focus on the adverse effects exerted by a specific compound, with some examination of mechanisms. The entire focus of this upper-level graduate course is on the “how” and the “why,” or a detailed examination of biochemical mechanism of toxicity. There will be some lectures, but the majority of the course will consist of student-led discussions on specific mechanisms of action. Further, students will write a review-style article on a chosen mechanism of action. Prerequisite: HSCI 56000. 

HSCI 696 — Graduate Seminar in Health Sciences

Selected topics in health sciences presented by staff, students and invited speakers. 

ENTM 510 — Insect Pest Management

Concepts of pest management and dynamics of pest populations, with emphasis on population regulation in theory and practice. The principles of applied ecology that pertain to insects and agricultural crops and systems. Identification, biology, behavior and relationships of pests of forage, fiber, and vegetable crops. A knowledge of introductory entomology is recommended.

ENTM 525 — Medical and Veterinary Entomology

Introduction to the biology and control of arthropods of medical and veterinary importance, and coverage of the natural history and abatement of selected arthropod-related diseases, including arboviral encephalitis, filariasis, leishmaniasis, Lyme disease, malaria, plague, spotted fever, trypanosomiasis and myasis.

ENTM 602 — Insect Biology

A comprehensive course in entomology, for graduate students with little entomological background, that introduces students broadly to insect structure, function, behavior, ecology, pest management and systematics. Students apply broad knowledge in each of the topic areas to a specific insect and are expected to be able to read and critically evaluate primary literature and summarize it in written and oral presentations. One year of college biology is strongly recommended.

ENTM 611 — Toxicology of Insecticides

The chemistry, mode of action, and metabolism of insecticides and related compounds in both insect and vertebrate systems. Evaluation of toxic action, principles of selective toxicity, insecticide resistance and environmental effects are also discussed. A minimal knowledge of entomology is required. Knowledge of biochemistry and neurobiology is useful. 

ASM 510 — Agrosecurity-Emergency Management for Agricultural Production Operations

Prepares individuals for management and loss control positions in agricultural production, agribusiness operations, and emergency management agencies. Addresses issues related to prevention, preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery associated with disasters or significant losses such as fires, explosions, entrapments, tornadoes, floods, winter storms, earthquakes, vandalism, chemical releases, crop contamination, and bio-terrorism. Students complete a community service learning activity in which they assist an operator/manager of an agricultural production operation or agribusiness in developing formal emergency management plans.

CE 557 — Air Quality Management

Discussion of fugitive, mobile and point sources of air pollution with attendant effects on materials, plants and humans. Development and status of state and federal regulations with emphasis on the development and use of mathematical dispersion models, including meteorological fundamentals and atmospheric transport. Discussion of concepts for ambient air quality control strategies, including urban planning and transportation considerations. 

CE 597 — Geographic Information Systems

Introduces the principles, methods and skills in GIS. Enhance capabilities in handling and analyzing geographic data. Conduct GIS spatial analysis tasks. Design and create a geographic database. Experience internet mapping. Advance skills with ArcGIS and extensions.

CE 597 — Indoor Air Quality

Students in this course will mechanistically evaluate pollutant transport dynamics, apply fundamental principles of aerosol physics to characterize the behavior of indoor aerosols, evaluate human exposure to indoor aerosols and analyze the effectiveness of engineering control strategies for indoor air pollution, read and critically analyze papers in the technical literature on indoor air quality, and prepare and review written and oral technical communication.

CE 597 — Solid and Hazard Waste Management

Students will be introduced to the regulation of solid and hazardous wastes; engineering design, planning, and analysis of solid and hazardous waste management facilities. The learning objectives for this course are:

  1. Apply knowledge of topics from chemistry such as stoichiometry, kinetics and equilibrium to gas generation, waste composition, and thermal conversion processes.
  2. Solve problems that address engineering economic issues such as life-cycle analysis and the selection of alternatives for recycling and carbon generation.
  3. Understand the role of an engineer involving regulations, ethics, professionalism, engineering practice and registration.
  4. Solve basic problems related to gas and leachate generation, risk assessment, waste collection and composition, and thermal conversion processes.
  5. Demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively through written reports.

Material presented in this course has been present on past Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exams.

BIOL 595 — Epigenetics in Human Disease

This course is designed to introduce students to the field of epigenetics. The course will focus on the fundamentals of epigenetic regulation in mammalian systems with a strong focus on how epigenetics plays a part in human disease. Particular attention will be given to understanding chromatin, histone variants and histone modifications, the process of DNA methylation, and non-coding RNAs. The role for these epigenetic processes in normal physiology and disease will be addressed. Students are expected to have a basic understanding of molecular biology and a solid foundation in genetics and biochemistry. 

BIOL 533 — Medical Microbiology

To properly diagnose and combat infections, it is imperative to know how a pathogen causes disease. This course offers an overview of basic mechanisms employed by common microbes in the infectious process. While the predominant focus will be on bacterial pathogens, concepts related to viral, parasitic and fungal infections will also be covered. We will learn about response to curb infection. There will also be an emphasis on basic scientific techniques used to identify and characterize virulence factors. Throughout this course, the student is expected to know the critical virulence factors associated with a specific pathogen, the etiology of the disease caused and how to diagnose infection. The student will also become familiar with current issues, major discoveries, and new technologies in the field of medical microbiology via our evaluation of published researched articles.

POL 523: The Political Economy of the Environment

The political problems of natural resource use and environmental quality. Theoretical foundations for environmental policy and its evaluation, the political context of environmental policy, principles of administering enviornmental policies, and the significance of international law and institutions for enviornmental policies. 

POL 620: Pro-seminar: Public Policy

The purpose of this course is to provide an intensive overview of theories of the policy-making process. Students will learn to recognize, compare and critique various key perspectives on how policy is (and shold be) designed, adopted, implemented, and assessed. Through engagement with course content, students will also practice and improve upon core academic skills such as writing a literature review and providing constructive feedback. The course is reading and writing intensive, with a focus on helping students master the existing literature rather than generating new research.

FS 565 — Microbial Foodborne Pathogens

The primary focus is to study microbial pathogens including bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites involved in foodborne diseases. Course emphasis is on molecular and genetic basis of virulence of foodborne pathogens and host parasite interactions. Topics include incidence and source of pathogens, innate and adaptive immune responses to infection, virulence factors, and mechanism of pathogenesis, animal and cell culture models to study pathogenesis, and control and prevention strategies.

IE 558: Safety Engineering

Application of human factors and engineering practice in accident prevention and the reduction of health hazards are presented. The objective of this course is to provide an understanding of the safety and health practices which fall within the responsabilities of the engineer in industry. Special attention is devoted to the detection and correction of hazards and to contemporary laws and enforcement on occupational safety and health. 

ASM 540: Geographic Information Systems

This course provides an introduction to fundamentals of geographic information systems (GIS) for spatially analyzing problems related to enviornmental, agricultural, and engineering domains. You will learn key concepts of GIS, including data sources, projections, spatial analysis methods, data and metadata creation, and conceptualization framework for solving spatial problems. GIS is a powerful tool and most students find it to be interesting and enjoyable, although it takes time and effort. The course will use ESRI ArcGIS Pro software, which is the newest version of ArcGIS, released in 2015. At the end of the course, students are expected to be informed GIS users, as well as being reasonably competent using ArcGIS Pro.

AGEC 525: Enviornmental Policy Analysis

Designed to assist in understanding how enviornmental information and knowledge are produced, disseminated, and utilized in a variety of institutional contexts. Readings are selected to promote discussion and interaction concerning alternative mechanisms for protecting enviornmental resources. Prerequisite: introductory microeconomics course suggested.

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