BEH(AD) Course Descriptions

These courses form the Bachelor of Environmental Health (After Degree) – an intensive, 60-credit program to prepare students to sit the national examination of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors.  Students who have completed an undergraduate degree with specific courses in science may apply to this program.  Some courses may be available for students not admitted to the program upon discussion with the Director of the department.

ENVH 501 Environmental Management I 3(3-0-0)
An overview of the health concerns related to our air and waste management systems. Topics include air toxins and pollutants, management methods for ambient and indoor air quality, soil chemistry, management of contaminated sites, and waste management methods.
Prerequisites: Introductory chemistry (6 credits) and general microbiology (3 credits), or consent of the Department.

ENVH 502 Environmental Management II 3(3-0-0)
An overview of the health concerns related to our water and sewage systems. Topics include identification of chemical and bacterial hazards, risk management of public and private water supplies, source protection and pollution concerns for ground and surface water, water quality for recreational water, municipal and private sewage treatment systems and their relationship to water quality.
Prerequisite: Environmental Health 501, or consent of the Department

ENVH 511 Health Risk Assessment I 3(3-0-0)
Basic risk assessment and management principles and the application of risk assessment processes in the public and environmental health fields. Topics include hazard identification, dose-response determination, and exposure and site assessment.

ENVH 512 Health Risk Assessment II 3(3-0-0)
Discussion of advanced risk assessment and management principles in public and environmental health issues. Introduces land use planning including consideration for incompatible developments and/or site selection. Advanced methodologies in communicating risk to the general public through different media within the framework of risk communications theory and research.
Prerequisite: Environmental Health 511 or consent of the Department

ENVH 513 Environmental and Public Health Law 3(3-0-0)
The key elements of municipal, provincial and federal legislation designed to protect the environment and human health. Special emphasis is on those areas which public health officials are likely to encounter in discharging their duties. Topics include the process by which legislation is drafted, passed and reviewed by the three levels of government.

ENVH 521 Methodologies in Environmental Health Practice I 3(3-3L-0)
An introduction to investigative principles and protocols as they apply to environmental health. Students develop and apply models for inspection, investigation and risk analysis to secure data on which to base informed decisions. Case scenarios introduce students to areas of current jurisdiction including food establishments, personal care facilities, housing, aquatic facilities, insect and vermin control, communicable disease control, nuisances and general sanitation, and other programs where public health protection is mandated. Principles are applied through site visits to premises that illustrate issues relevant to the practice of environmental health. Students prepare professional reports about field experiences demonstrating their observational skills and the ability to link theory to application and are introduced to the principles of effective communication including written communication, research techniques and media management.

ENVH 522 Methodologies in Environmental Health Practice II 3(3-3L-0)
An exploration of advanced investigative protocols as they apply to environmental health. Advanced models for inspection, investigation and risk analysis are applied. Discussion includes principles and methods of occupational health protection, and emergency preparedness planning as applied to a variety of community and government agencies. Case scenarios apply introductory principles and methodologies to complex issues in the areas of environmental and occupational health jurisdiction. Field instrumentation is introduced including recording devices to collect samples and measure exposure to major kinds of industrial contaminants. Principles are applied through site visits to premises that illustrate issues relevant to the advanced practice of environmental and occupational health. Students prepare professional reports about field experiences demonstrating their observational skills and the ability to link theory to application.
Prerequisite: Environmental Health 521 or consent of the Department

ENVH 523 Ethical Issues in Environmental Health 3(3-0-0)
Addresses areas of current interest in environmental and occupational health that raise significant ethical issues, such as professional codes of conduct, the right to know, genetic screening in the workplace, and cost-benefit analysis in standard setting. Increases awareness of the ethical dilemmas in the field and provides a framework for analysis and decision-making when confronted with ethical issues.

ENVH 533 Health Promotion and Environmental Health Education 3 (3-0-0)
Examination of the changing concepts of health promotion and health promoting behaviour, population health and health determinants from a health practitioner’s perspective. Education materials, print materials and teaching experiences will be prepared and practised with particular emphasis on community development and action. Principles of educational programming, advertising and marketing for behavioural change will be explored.

ENVH 543 Public Health Administration and Management 3 (300)
The nature, principles and global development of public health. The development of the Canadian health system as well as its organization, financing, and delivery of public health services are examined. The role of the environmental health practitioner within policy development and analysis is investigated and practised. Applications of management practices to public health issues are introduced.
Prerequisite: Open only to students in the Bachelor of Environmental Health (After Degree) program or with permission of the Department.

ENVH 551 Communicable Disease Control 3(3-0-0)
The natural history of significant human pathogens and the measures which public health officials take to control them. Topics include enteric, respiratory, sexually transmitted, blood-borne and travel-related diseases. Emerging pathogens are discussed. The role of infection control, outbreak investigation and vaccinations are presented.
Prerequisite: General microbiology (3 credits) or consent of the Department

ENVH 552 Epidemiology 3(3-0-0)
Overview of the epidemiological methods used to identify and control the outbreak of human diseases. Emphasis is on the study of diseases important to public health in Canada.
Prerequisite: Statistics (3 credits) or consent of the Department

ENVH 553 Environmental Microbiology 3(3-0-0)
The ecology of specific natural and man-made environments, microbiological information and the public health significance of the organisms present in these environments. Discussion focuses on the survival, dissemination, transportation and control of specific microorganisms in the environment with a particular focus on the supply, processing and storage of food and food products. The ability to critique and interpret data will be emphasized.
Prerequisite: General microbiology (3 credits) or consent of the Department

ENVH 556 Environmental Chemistry 3(3-0-0)
Basic chemical principles of equilibrium, reaction kinetics and reaction types to develop an understanding of the complex interactions that occur in environmental pollution. Illustrations applicable to chemical and toxicological aspects of environmental issues such as indoor air quality, primary and secondary air pollutants, drinking and natural water quality, persistent bioaccumulative pollutants and toxic metal contamination. This course will provide an appreciation of the analytical methodologies and quantitative aspects of assessing chemical contamination sufficient to provide an ability to critique and interpret environmental studies, reports and literature.
Prerequisites: Senior chemistry (3 credits) or consent of the Department. Analytical, organic and/or introductory environmental chemistry recommended

ENVH 557 Environmental Toxicology 3(3-0-0)
Introduction to the biochemical and biophysical principles governing toxicity including the significance of entry route, dosage, tissue distribution, time course, metabolism, excretion, cellular action, host susceptibility factors and assays. The impact of toxic exposures on selected organ systems is then developed and applied to systematic study of the major families of residential and industrial chemicals and physical hazards with a particular emphasis on carcinogenic agents. The ability to critique and interpret data will be emphasized.
Prerequisites: Senior chemistry (3 credits) or consent of the Department. Analytical, organic and/or introductory environmental chemistry recommended

ENVH 559 Environmental Health Communications 3 (300)
A collection of professional development seminars and activities relevant to the practice of environmental public health including determinants of health, professional writing, communications training, critical appraisal of public health research, and an introduction to healthcare computer networks, data management structures and application software.
Prerequisites: Open only to students in the Bachelor of Environmental Health (After Degree) program or with permission of the Department.

ENVH 561 Field Experience in Public Health Inspection (12 credits)
A twelve-week field experience working under the direction of a supervising public health inspector/environmental health officer in selected community or public health agencies. This is a required course for students wishing to pursue national certification as a public health inspector/environmental health officer through the Board of Certification of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors.
Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of all course work and consent of the Department

ENVH 571 Applied Research Project in Health Sciences (12 credits)
An applied research opportunity in association with a community or public health agency, private industry, a public or private laboratory, an occupational health and safety department, or other non-public health setting related to environmental health. A major research paper will be prepared to report on the findings.
Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of all course work and consent of the Department

 

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