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