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Thomas M Burbacher
ENV H 417
Seattle Campus

Children's Environmental Health

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.

Class description

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of Environmental Health issues as they pertain to children’s health. There have been significant new developments in the area of Children’s Environmental Health. The emphasis of the class will be on the emerging scientific and public health issues in this area. The course will provide students with the opportunity to review the extensive literature and discuss the compelling research and global and national public health issues related to this field.

Student learning goals

Identify the major types and sources of chemical, microbial, and physical contamination for children. Describe the major pathways of children’s exposure to representative environmental hazards

Describe genetic, physiologic, and psychosocial factors that affect children’s susceptibility to adverse health outcomes following exposure to environmental hazards

Describe basic strategies for assessing, preventing, and controlling or managing health and safety hazards for children. Describe the potential influence of behavioral, social, economic, and political factors on relationships between environmental hazards and children’s health

Identify major regulations, agencies, programs, and stakeholders related to environmental health hazards for children. Organize data and information, prepare reports, and /or give oral presentations on recognition,evaluation, management, and control of environmental health hazards.

Communicate information about environmental health risks and response strategies to an audience with limited knowledge of the subject

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

This course is open to juniors and seniors from all majors.

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Trina M. Sterry
Date: 03/04/2014