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Joel D. Kaufman
ENV H 596
Seattle Campus

Current Issues in Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Interdisciplinary seminar on current and emerging topics in the practice of environmental and occupational health. Faculty- and student-led presentations with an interdisciplinary focus, including occupational hygiene, nursing, and medical issues. Prerequisite: environmental health graduate student, occupational health nursing student, or permission of instructor. Offered: jointly with NURS 580; AWSp.

Class description

Practical approach to occupational and environmental health problems faced by specialists. The course is on a six-quarter cycle over two academic years:

Quarter 1 Population-based surveillance and management issues in occupational/environmental health (Kaufman) Quarter 2 Legal, Regulatory, and Ethical Framework for occupational/environmental health (Kaufman) Quarter 3 Musculoskeletal Disorders and Clinical Ergonomics (Johnson and Spector)

Quarter 4 Case-based management issues in occupational health (Kaufman) Quarter 5 Occupational and Environmental Respiratory Disorders (Vedal) Quarter 6 Physical and Biological Hazards in occupational environmental health (Kaufman)

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Seminar-style, with combination of faculty presentations, student presentations (often in groups), and guest speakers. Some course will be structured as journal clubs. Some discussions will be centered on case presentations.

Recommended preparation

Some background in either occupational hygiene, occupational/environmental or preventive medicine, nursing, toxicology, or epidemiology

Class assignments and grading

Preparing at least one class presentation. When assigned, reading materials in advance.

Quality of class presentation; participation in discussions; preparation for class.


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.
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Last Update by Joel D. Kaufman
Date: 08/03/2011