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Sverre Vedal
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.

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This 2-credit graduate-level course uses a lecture/seminar/discussion format to provide a comprehensive clinical overview of occupational and environmental respiratory disease. A 10-page paper, some short, focused readings, a few small homework assignments, and classroom participation will be required. There are no mid-term or final examinations. Topics covered include: 1) respiratory system structure and function including imaging and lung function measurement (at rest and exercise) and interpretation; 2) occupational and environmental obstructive airways disease including asthma, RADS, vocal cord dysfunction and COPD; 3) occupational and environmental interstitial lung disease including pneumoconiosis (especially asbestos- and silica-related disease) and granulomatous conditions; 4) lung cancer due to occupational exposures; 5) exposure measurement and control; 6) respiratory impairment and disability; 7) indoor and outdoor air pollution.

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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 Sverre Vedal
Date: 12/07/2009