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Environmental Health Special Lecture

Last update: 25 October 2017

1. Overview

Environmental health is one of the core curriculums in the Master of Public Health programs (currently we don't have MPH course in Kobe University, it is planned in the future). It is very important to understand the human health and survival in relation to their environmental conditions, any of physical, chemical, biological. This lecture outlines the relationships between human health and environmental factors and discuss them. The items shown below are not fully covered, but at least outlined.

Contents include the topics shown below.

Orientation and Introduction
Methods and paradigms:
Ecology and environmental health
Environmental and occupational epidemiology
Exposure assessment, industrial hygiene and environmental management
Environmental psychology, Genetics and environmental health
Environmental health ethics, environmental justice
Environmental health on the global scale:
Population pressure
Climate change
Developing nations
Environmental health on the regional scale:
Air pollution
Energy production
Healthy communities
Water and health
Environmental health on the local scale:
Solid and hazardous waste
Pest control and pesticides
Food safety
Healthy buildings
Workplace health and safety
Noise and Radiation
Environmental disasters
Nature contact
Children and environment
Practice of environmental health:
Prevention in environmental health
Environmental health practice
Geographic information systems
Risk assessment and risk communication
Environmental health policy, Legal remedies

2. Plan

The lecture is done in the second semester on Thursday, 14:50-16:20 (it may change to 15:00-16:30, if all participants agree with) at GSICS 206.

3. Evaluation

Based on the end-of-term report.

4. Reference

Frumkin H [Ed.] (2010) Environmental Health: From Global to Local, 2nd Ed. Jossey-Bass, John Wiley and Sons.

5. Office hour

For the students of the Graduate School of Health Sciences, Tuesday, 18:00-18:30, at Myodani campus E707. For the students of GSICS, Thusday, 16:40-18:00 at Frontier Building Room 717. Taking appointment is recommended.

6. Message to the students

Done in English.

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