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Charles D Treser
ENV H 473
Seattle Campus

Environmental Health Policy and Practice

Explores how environmental health problems are controlled in the United States. Examines both the policies and practices of environmental health. Looks at how various government programs are established, organized, and operated to prevent or control hazards in the community. Also examines the legal and regulatory framework. Offered: Sp.

Class description

We will begin the course by reviewing the changes in public health practice and the implications to public health practitioners in today’s world – whether in the public or private sector. Special attention will be paid to the impact of such organizational concerns as working with communities in developing and implementing policy, how environmental health problems and threats are assessed and communicated, the legal basis and actions for assuring appropriate protections, and the trends and rationale for organizing and planning environmental health programs and activities. The various tools and methodologies of contemporary environmental health practice will be explored along with the role of supervision and management, the development of strategic program plans, the evaluation of program accomplishments, and how to communicate effectively with other staff, superiors, personnel of other agencies, regulated individuals, the news media and the public.

Student learning goals

Provide the student with an understanding of the type and range of environmental health practice issues which confront employees of various government agencies (as well as businesses and the public which must interact with these agency personnel)

Introduce the student to some of the different approaches to organizational theory, dealing with issues of structure, management, program planning and evaluation, communication, community relations, and political, legal, and economic impacts to decision-making.

Provide students who are environmental health practitioners, or who are studying to become environmental health practitioners, with a background in, and an appreciation for, law and the legal process in the United States as they apply to the practice of environmental health.

General method of instruction

The class will be a mix of traditional lecture combined with interactive discussions, a group project and participation in a tabletop exercise.

Recommended preparation

ENV H 472 recommended

Class assignments and grading

Students will be expected to read and understand the assigned portions of the textbooks, case studies and supplementary materials. The materials should be read prior to coming to class so that they have the background to intelligently participate in the class discussions.

Grades will be based on performance on the midterm and final examinations, the group project, and the assigned case briefs.


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 Charles D Treser
Date: 01/06/2008