Master of Science in Public Health (Environmental Health) Course Description

Collection, presentation and elementary analysis of data. 72 hrs (24 class, 48 lab) 3 units.

2 units. Prereq: Biostat 201 and Epi 201 or their equivalents.

Environmental health practice in relation to the prevention and control of diseases. 36 hrs (28 lect, 8 field) 2 units.

Problems of water supply and waste disposal, milk and food sanitation, solid waste management, control of vectors of diseases, atmospheric pollution control, radiological health, housing and emergency sanitation. Practice is provided in conducting community sanitary surveys and inspection. 48 hrs (16 class, 32 field) 2 units.

Sampling and analyzing raw and treated surface waters, well waters, raw and treated sewage sludge, and industrial waste. The theoretical and historical bases for the tests are presented and the efficiency of various treatment processs is evaluated by means of chemical and biochemical tests. 48 hrs (16 class, 32 lab and field) 2 units.

Principles of instrumental techniques for chemical analysis of environmental samples (air, water, sediment, etc.) 48 hrs (16 class, 32 lab) 2 units. Prereq: Chem 26 or equivalent.

The role of biological processes in taste and odor production in water, natural purification of streams, in sewage and industrial waste treatment processes. Practice is provided in biological water quality testing including recognition of important species of algae and protozoa in water. 48 hrs (16 class, 32 lab and field) 2 units.

Elements in the transport and fate of toxic substances in environmental compartments and the mechanisms of human exposure to these toxicants. (32 hrs lect) 2 units. Pre-req: EH 201.

Application of epidemiological principles and methods for determining effects of air pollution on human health. Pre-req. Epi 201, PH 205, 48 hours (16 hrs lect, 32 hrs lab) 2 units.

Principles and methods of the prevention and control of hazards from ionizing radiation. (32 hrs lect and demonstration) 2 units.

Fundamentals of environmental sanitation; water supply and water conditioning for hospitals; food sanitation; hospital waste handling and disposal; protection against radiation; safety and accident prevention in hospitals. (32 hrs class) 2 units.

Strategies and approaches to waste management, identification of health hazards associated with improper disposal of waste and their control. Pre-req: EH 201, 40 hours (24 hrs lect, 16 hrs field) 2 units.

Principles, concepts and strategies of health impact assessment. (32 hrs lect) 2 units. Pre-req: PH 205.

Planning and management of environmental health services for disasters. (16 hrs lect) 1 unit. Pre-req: PH 203.

Elements, processes and approaches in the development of environmental health policy. (16 hrs lect) 1 unit. Pre-req: Consent of Instructor.

Principles and methods in the economic valuation of environmental pollution. (16 hrs lect) 1 unit. Pre-req: Consent of instructor.

Discussion on issues and concerns in environmental health. (16 hrs ) 1 unit. Prereq: Consent of Instructor.


6 units.


For MOH students, EH 201 is not recommended because it is very similar to OH 205 (MOH core subject).

Ecology of human diseases and epidemiologic methods. 72 hrs (24 class, 48 lab) 3 units. Prereq: Biostat 201 or consent of instructor.

Theoretical framework in planning and managing the health system. 32 hrs lect, 2 units.

Entry, action and elimination or detoxification of toxic substances. Design of toxicity experiments, dose and effect relationships. Toxicity of chemicals, (32 hrs class) 2 units. Prereq: OH 201.

Physiological responses of man to various stresses in the environment. 32 hrs (class) 2 units. Prereq: OH 201.

Causes and effects of pollution. 16 hrs (class) 1 unit.

Health surveillance, health promotion and maintenance in the workplace. 32 hrs (class) 2 units. Prereq: OH 201 and HPAd 201.

Fundamentals and principles of safety in industry. 32 hrs (class) 2 units. Prereq: OH 201.

The dynamic interrelationships between man and the environment as these affect health. (16 class., 32 lab/ workshop), 2 units.

Principles and methods of epidemiology applied in the identification and prevention of environmental problems. 40 hrs. (24 hours class. 16 hours lab) 2 units.

Epidemiologic principles and methods to assess health risks at the workplace. 40 hrs. (24 hrs. class, 16 hrs lab) 2 units. Prereq: Epi 201 and consent of course coordinators from both departments (DEBS and DEOH).