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William E Daniell
ENV H 490
Seattle Campus

Selected Topics in Environmental Health

In-depth study of a current environmental health topic. Offered: Sp.

Class description

This course provides an overview of relationships between the environment and human health and well‐being, using comparisons between case examples in more developed and less developed countries. The course examines environmental and health concerns in the broader context of social, economic, and other mitigating factors. Stakeholder dynamics are considered, with a particular focus on vulnerable populations, inequities, and social or environmental justice implications.

Student learning goals

Contrast environmental situations, health risks, and applicable policies and regulations between less developed and more developed countries

Locate, interpret and discuss information about environmental situations, health concerns and other determinants, in the context of real--‐world situations.

. Compare, contrast and discuss features of environment and health problem situations, and discuss possible next steps or solutions, with particular attention to… Critical thinking: Apply evidence--‐based critical thinking to environment and health problems. Equity, justice, sustainability: Discuss the importance of equity, environmental and social justice, and sustainability in addressing problems related to the environment and health.

Communicate information accurately, effectively and persuasively to a general population audience, regarding a situation involving environment and human health concerns.

General method of instruction

This course uses student--‐centered, active--‐learning, investigative--‐learning, and case--‐based instructional strategies to cultivate students’ appreciation for the diverse and complex relationships between human health and the environment. Course design, student tasks, and student evaluation are guided by the course learning objectives. Routine preparation for class, attendance, and participation are essential for success in this course. The course is organized around two 1--‐week modules, three 2--‐week modules, and the final two weeks to view and discuss student “communication products.” Each module centers around two to four case situations – one or more in the U.S. (or another developed country) and one or more in less developed countries – tied together by a major topic area; for example, hazardous waste. The course does not use a textbook, although the course Canvas site lists useful general resource materials, available online. There is no midterm exam but there is a final exam.

Recommended preparation

restricted to juniors and seniors, no prerequisites.

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: 02/20/2014