The courses offered by our faculty provide students the opportunity to learn about a wide array of essential areas of environmental health.  Key topic areas include: risk assessment, infectious diseases, environmental justice, health disparities, spatial epidemiology, and toxicology. Please click the links on the left to explore our undergraduate and graduate courses.

Undergraduate Courses

MIEH 210 Environmental Justice, Racism, and Environmental Health Disparities: How where you live can live can kill you: Environmental justice history, theory and science will be covered; discuss linkages between the built environment and environmental injustice, and examine how the built environment can lead to adverse health conditions and racial/ethnic health disparities. We will draw on methods, theory, and data from environmental health sciences, health behavior and health education, sociology, urban planning, geography, epidemiology, anthropology, political science, law and other fields of study.

MIEH 215 The Built Environment and Public Health: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: The emphasis in this course is on social justice, sustainability, and equity in health and community design, recognizing we often approach issues based on the environment in which we were raised, ignoring many other lifestyles, circumstances, experiences, cultures, and approaches to the environment and economy in planning and community development decision making processes.

MIEH 275 Global Environmental Health: How Our Fouled Fishbowl Impacts Human Health and How We Can Turn the Tide: Our global environment is under unprecedented pressures due to a wide range of human activities as well as the sheer numbers of humans that populate the planet. This course will introduce critical global environmental health topics, focusing on factors that contribute significantly to the global burden of disease. Topics will include water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); indoor and outdoor air pollution; food quality, foodborne disease and food security; toxic substances; and global climate change, issues in both developing and developed countries will be covered. Potential solutions, including areas of future research will also be discussed.

MIEH 300 Introduction to Environmental Health: A Public Health Perspective: Environmental health is that branch of public health that deals with the human health effects of exposure to chemical, physical, and biological agents in the community, workplace, and home. Activities within Environmental Health Sciences are associated with recognizing, assessing, understanding, and mitigating the impacts of chemical, physical, and biological agents as well as understanding how human behavior and action impacts the environment. The Environmental health field is a broad, multi-disciplinary field. Environmental health scientists face complex problems requiring multi-disciplinary approaches. This course focuses on the central concepts, principles, issues, and applications of the essential scientific components and strategies of control of major environmental health problems.
 

MIEH 321 Syphilis to SARS: Climate Change, Development and Emergence of Infectious Diseases:Syphilis to SARS will examine the influences of environmental factors, economic development, migration, and land use changes on emergence and reemergence of infectious diseases. Population growth, development, and change are impacting natural reservoirs of infectious diseases and how they transmit through human populations. The course will look at both historical accounts and newly emerging and reemerging diseases including influenza as examples of our role in altering the diseases that threaten us. We will also critically evaluate how the issues are portrayed in the news and entertainment media and controversy about the ethics of research on deadly viruses.

**If you are interested in registering for these courses, please contact Institute Coordinator, Maurice Rocque. mrocque@umd.edu

Graduate Courses

MIEH 600 Foundations of Environmental Health: Overview of the chemical, physical and biological hazards present in our living and working environment and their effects on human health. Topics include: exposure assessment, industrial hygiene and safety, pesticides, community and indoor pollution, food-borne diseases, solid and hazardous wastes, water resources, risk assessement, ecological issues and environmental laws.

MIEH 605 Fundamentals of Global Health: This course introduces students to the multi-dimensional approach to health across various economic and social levels throughout the world. It analyzes biological, epidemiological, social, cultural, and behavioral interactions that affect global health study and project implementation. Students will gain an understanding of global health topics and are provided with the tools to formulate their own innovative solutions to health issues in underserved populations. 

MIEH 609 Methods in Toxicology: Individual Instruction course: contact department or instructor to obtain section number.

MIEH 688 Seminar in the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health: Current Topics in Environmental Health: Invited and in-house research seminars from guests, faculty members and students, as well as journal article discussions.

MIEH 730 Environmental Justice, Build Environment, and Health Disparities: This course will give students the opportunity to conduct an in-depth analysis of environmental justice and environmental racism in the United States and internationally. Students will synthesize their knowledge from environmental science courses with the concepts of civil rights and social justice to more fully understand the existing health disparities and how the built environment contributes to them. Prerequisite: Must have completed an Environmental Health course

MIEH 735 Food Toxicology: From farm to fork- this course will discuss major sources and consequences of toxic contaminants and additives in our food. Exposure scenarios will include: naturally occuring toxins (e.g. seafood toxins, phytotoxins, phycotoxins, mycotoxins); conatminants introduced during food production (eg pesticides, antibiotics), contaminants introduced during food preparation (e.g. food additives, bacterial toxins), thermally generated toxins, and storage container toxins (e.g. bisphenol); finally food adulteration toxins will be discussed (e.g. lead, melamine) Recommended: Undergraduate human physiology and/or biochemistry course

MIEH 740 Environmental Health Risk Assessment: Review of the major methods of human and ecological risk assessment conducted by the U.S. Environment Protection Agency. Emphasis on sources of uncertainty.Prerequisite:  MIEH600.

MIEH 720 Principles of Toxicology: Overview of toxicology, including exposure pathways, toxicokinetics, dermal toxicants, carcinogens, and genetic, reproductive, immuno-, nuero-, target organs, complex mixtures, structure-activity analysis, and determinants of hypo- and hyper-susceptibility. Case studies of global national and regional interest. Prerequisite:  MIEH600.

MIEH 760 Spatial Epidemiology: Students are provided with an introduction to spatial resources and methods specific to public health, with an emphasis on epidemiology and environmental applications. Students will be introduced to spatial resources, concepts, and tools relevant to public health research and practice. They will acquire skills to interpret, evaluate, and design basic public health spatial research projects; and to conduct simple spatial analyses.

MIEH 770 Law and Policy in Environmental Health: Overview of laws that affect the environment, and the various ways in which businesses are regulated by the government in the interest of protecting the environment. International, Federal, state, and local laws and regulations related to the protection of human health and the regulation of environmental containments, including biological, physicalanc chemical factors affecting community health. Examination of the interactions between and differing responsibilities of various agencies enforcing environmental laws and regulations. Prerequisite:  MIEH600.

MIEH 771 Exposure Assessment: Approaches and methods for determining exposure to environmental contaminants. Biomonitoring and genetic methods to detect recent exposures. Optimizing exposure assessment. Prerequisites: MIEH600 and EPIB650.

MIEH 773 Foodborne, Waterborne, and Airborne Infectious Diseases: In-depth study of foodborne, waterborne, and airborne diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Topics will include sources and detection of causative agents; their transmission to humans via food, water, air, and other environmental media; methods of disease prevention, including food safety approaches and drinking water treatment. Classes include lectures, discussions, field-trips and hands-on field sampling and laboratory activities.Prerequisite: MIEH600.

MIEH 775 Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology: Students will be introduced to environmental epidemiology research study designs and potential sources of bias, exposure assessment, data analysis and applications. They will acquire skills to interpret, evaluate, and design environmental epidemiology studies.  

MIEH 780 Occupational Hygiene: A synthesis of epdemiology, toxicology, exposure science, risk assessment, and policy. Emphasis will be on methods for prevention and control of injury and illness, the hierarchy of controls, current hot topics, and selected environmental and occupational injuries.

MIEH 785 Internship in Public Health: Internship and seminar providing an opportunity to apply previously acquired knowledge and skills in a health or allied health organization. Setting of the internship will depend upon the student’s background and career goals. Prerequisite: permission of department.

MIEH 786 Capstone Project in Public Health: Capstone experience providing opportunity to apply knowledge and skills to a specific public health problem or issue. Completion of a project relevant to public health under the direction of an advisor. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department.

MIEH 788 Critical Readings in Environmental Health: In-depth examination and critical discussion of the current literature relevant to environmental health in a seminar format. Individual Instruction course: contact department or instructor to obtain section number.

MIEH 789 Independent Study:  Individual reading and/or research under a specific faculty member. Individual Instruction course: contact department or instructor to obtain section number.

MIEH 799 Master’s Thesis Research: Individual instruction course: contact department or instructor to obtain section number.

MIEH 898 Pre-Candidacy Research: Individual Instruction course: contact department or instructor to obtain section number.

MIEH899 Doctoral Dissertation Research: Individual Instruction course: contact department or instructor to obtain section number.

Summer Courses

MIEH 600 Foundations of Environmental Health: Overview of the chemical, physical and biological hazards present in our living and working environment and their effects on human health. Topics include: exposure assessment, industrial hygiene and safety, pesticides, community and indoor pollution, food-borne diseases, solid and hazardous wastes, water resources, risk assessement, ecological issues and environmental laws.

MIEH605 Fundamentals of Global Health:Exploration of theoretical frameworks and practicial perspectives in global health with particular attention to the analysis of the biological, epidemiological, social, cultural and behavioral interactions that affect global health study and project implementation. The emphasis is on innovative solutions to health issues in underserved populations.
 
MIEH641 Bioaerosols in Biodefense and Public Health: Characteristics of the organism and their associated disease agents, biological and physical factors affecting aerosol formation, dispersion and decay, exposure factors, dose response data, and mechanisms of the disease processes are included, as are approaches for investigation, measurement, research-design and risk assessment. Students will gain an understanding of airborne pathways of human exposure to microorganisms and their products, as well as exposure interventions. The course will consist of a series of lectures, readings and discussion and will be primarily focused on bioaerosols in the indoor environment. The sequence of major topics begins with background the biology and physical behavior of bioaerosols. The course then covers health effects and exposure dynamics. Finally areas of exposure assessment and exposure interventions are covered. Discussion and lectures will relate these areas to the practice of public health and biodefense, using examples, case-studies and class assignments.