Charles D Treser
ENV H 490
In-depth study of a current environmental health topic. Offered: Sp.
This course explores the relationship between housing and its surrounding environment and human health and well-being. We will examine the physical structure of the house and some of the materials built in or brought into the home that can negatively affect the health of the residents. We will also explore how the nature, design and use of the surrounding community can also impact human health and well-being.
Student learning goals
1. Students will know and be able to discuss the major health impacts that have been linked to problems with housing design, construction, use and maintenance;
2. Students will understand and be able to discuss the current state of housing research into housing conditions, national trends and common problems related to human health and safety;
3. Students will be able to apply the appropriate codes and standards to address housing conditions that constitute a health or safety hazard;
4. Students will be able to describe the seven principles of healthier homes and how their use can reduce health and safety hazards in the home; and,
5. Students will be able to describe the major attributes of a successful healthy homes program.
Note: Students with five years of health and housing experience will be prepared to earn the National Environmental Health Association’s Healthy Homes Specialist Credential by passing the exam and completing the visual survey exercise.
General method of instruction
Lectures, reading assignments, and hands on instruction through course projects.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Class assignments and grading
Students in the class will be assigned a series of exercises to be completed as homework.
Grades will be based on the degree of class participation, performance on homework assignments, and the quality of the class projects.