Michael G. Yost
ENV H 417
Discussion of environmental health issues as they pertain to children's health. Topics include historical perspective of public health research and policies directed at protecting children's health and emerging scientific and public health issues such as the risks and benefits of seafood consumption during pregnancy; the use of pesticides on food and in the home; air pollution and childhood asthma, and childhood injuries and the built environment. Offered: Sp.
Students will become familiar with basic concepts of electrical safety, the known health effects of exposure to electromagnetic energy, and appropriate safety precautions. We use examples drawn from many common sources, such as lasers, ultraviolet lamps, the sun, and radio transmitters. We also discuss controversial topics, such as the literature on health effects of electric and magnetic fields created by power lines and cellular telephones.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
The class is presented in a lecture format, with discussion following the lecture.
Basic knowledge of physics and principles related to electricity and magnetism. Students should be familiar with biological processes and basic human organ systems (E.g. heart, eyes, nervous system, etc.).
Class assignments and grading
Students complete three problem sets in addition to the midterm and final exam. Emphasis is on simple quantitative estimates of exposure and comparison with national or international safety standards to assess the potential hazards.
Problem sets (30%), midterm (20%), final exam (40%), participation in class discussion (10%)