Sustainability:

Courses

Graduate

Minors

Majors


Department of Anthropology
Department of Biology
Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering
Department of Chemistry
Department of Marketing, Industrial Distribution, and Economics
Department of Environmental Health Sciences
Department of Epidemiology
Department of Government
Department of Health Behavior
Department of Health Care Organization and Policy
Department of History
Department of Philosophy
Department of Sociology
School of Public Health

Department of Anthropology


ANTH 307 - Environmental Archaeology

3 Hours

Study of human interaction with the environment in the past through archaeology and related disciplines.

ANTH 351 - Anthropology of Human Rights

3 Hours

Examination of conceptual, political, and legal aspects of human rights from an anthropological perspective. Topics considered may include: state violence; the history of human rights claims; the opposition of cultural rights and human rights claim; human rights as a form of political discourse; human rights practices in select contemporary settings.

ANTH 366 - Urban Anthropology

3 Hours

Human life in cities from cross-cultural perspective; process of urbanization in ancient civilizations, colonial empires, and modern-day Third World.

ANTH 460 - Historical Ecology

3 Hours

This course explores the topic of Historical Ecology and examines the relationship between humans and their environments from the perspectives of history, anthropology, archaeology, ecology, and biogeography.

Department of Biology


ENV 108 Human Populations

3 Hours

Influence of human population on Earth’s environment: ecological principles, population dynamics, climate change, water and energy resources, pollution, climate change, water and energy resources, pollution, waste disposal, plant and animal extinctions, and food resources. Lecture and films.

ENV 109 - Laboratory in Environmental Science

1 Hour

Experiments on topics essential to study of environment and which reveal complexity of solving environmental problems. Writing, Ethics and Civic Responsibility are significant components of this course.

BY 470 - Ecology

3 Hours

Ecosystems and population biology.

MESC 302 - Coastal Zone Management

2 Hours

Ecological features and set of physical management policies for coastal communities, with description of relevant federal and state programs.

Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering


CE 236 - Environmental Engineering

3 Hours

Air/water pollution and solid waste. Quality of environment. Environmental health. Regulations and legal considerations. Must have a grade of C or better to complete this course. Ethics and Civic Responsibility are significant components of this courses.

CE 431 - Energy Resources

3 Hours

Overview of the various energy resources: oil, natural gas, coal, nuclear, hydro, solar, geothermal, biomass, wind, and ocean energy resources, in terms of supply, distribution, recovery and conversion, environmental impacts, economies, policy, and technology. Concepts and opportunities for energy conservation; including electric power generation, changing role of electric utilities, transportation applications, and energy use in developing countries. Field trips.

CE 433 - Solid and Hazardous Wastes Management

3 Hours

Overview of waste characterizations, regulations, and management options. The course covers fundamentals of landfill design, recycling, incineration, emerging disposal technologies, federal and state laws, and hazardous waste treatment, and ultimate disposal of hazardous waste.

Department of Chemistry


ES 109 - Planet Earth

3 Hours

Major topics and problems in modern earth science. Nature of solid Earth and its atmosphere, climatic change, Earths resources, interaction of Earth with sun, and planetary geology. Selected readings and videotapes.

Department of Marketing, Industrial Distribution, and Economics


EC 210 - Principles of Microeconomics

3 Hours

Theory of production and value, including problems of monopoly, oligopoly, and distribution of income. Not open to entering freshmen.

EC 211 - Principles of Macroeconomics

3 Hours

Economic analysis and its use in dealing with business and governmental problems. National income, price-level, employment, governmental fiscal policies, and international economics. Not open to entering freshmen. (CORE AREA IV).

EC 308 - Economics of Environment

3 Hours

Use of economic analysis to examine interaction between economic institutions and physical environment. Specific topics: social costs and benefits of economic growth, interactions between private business and public welfare, and socio economic systems and goals.

EC 405 - Economic Development and Growth

3 Hours

Problems of economic development; growth of less developed economies compared with those of advanced economies. Theories of economic development. Policy measures to promote development of growth, with emphasis on measures to accelerate development of countries.

EC 413 - Urban Economics

3 Hours

Economic issues and structure of metropolitan areas. Economic growth and decay of urban regions. Specific topics: housing, education, employment, political economy, and public safety.

MK 320 - Industrial Distribution Management

3 Hours

Introduction to basic problems, concepts, and management practices of industrial distribution firms and manufacturing relationships. History of types of distributor organizations, functions, and role of industrial distribution in economy.

MK 430 - Industrial Distribution Operations

3 Hours

Concepts of value added, profitability, inventory management, scheduling, decision support systems, facilities, and warehouse operations integrated with financial control of distributor operations. Case studies and industrial speakers.

Department of Environmental Health Sciences


ENH 400 - Our Global Environment: Issues and Challenges

3 Hours

This course will consider how biological, chemical and physical agents in the environment impact human health. Sources, routes of exposure, human health impacts and risk reduction will be discussed for each topic. Topics include indoor air pollution, medical radiation, noise, food and water contaminants, pests and pesticides, hazardous and solid waste treatment, natural disasters, biological and chemical terrorism, regulatory agencies and legislation, risk awareness and reduction.

ENH 405 - Nature vs. Nurture: Genes, Environment and Health

3 Hours

This didactic lecture course will examine how components of the world around us impact our lives and health. The classic battle of nature (genes) vs. nurture (environment) is being replaced with the understanding of how our exposure to our environment impacts gene expression, which can increase (or decrease) our own likelihood of disease. Using everyday, real-world examples we will study the environment-gene interaction and how this helps determine why some people are more disease prone than others. Each example will focus on the underlying science and the medical consequence of exposure, and will also examine exposure prevention strategies for individuals and practical legislation to reduce environmental contamination. Examples will vary from year to year, but damaging examples may include nanoparticles, smog, medical radiation, drugs and alcohol, pesticides, noise, indoor air pollution, toxic metals, plastics, food and water contamination, and sexually transmitted infections. We will also discuss how the environment can positively impact gene expression, and will include discussions of functional foods (i.e. nutraceuticals such as soy, green tea and garlic) and other alternative medicinal therapies. Prerequisite: BY116 or equivalent is required; completion of or registration in BY210 or BY330 is recommended.

ENH 600 - Fundamentals of Environmental Health Sciences

3 Hours

This introductory course is designed to teach public health graduate students the fundamental concepts of environmental health science, the scientific research methods used to study the interaction between human health and the environment, and basic issues in the management of occupational and environmental health problems. Prerequisites: Admission into the MPH program or permission of instructor. College level biology and/or chemistry strongly recommended. This course is also available online with permission of the instructor.

ENH 601. Environmental Chemistry

3 Hours

Chemical concepts applied to pollutant behavior in biosphere; absorption, leaching, evaporation. Mechanisms of chemical modification in environmental, photochemical processes, redox systems, hydrolysis; metabolic transformation of selected pesticides, air contaminants, and hazardous chemical wastes are also discussed. Prerequisite: General Chemistry and Calculus recommended.

ENH 660 - Fundamentals of Air & Water Pollution

3 hours

An integrated introduction to air and water pollution, including its sources, transport, and effects. Focus will be on measurement and characterization of air pollution and the bio-assessment of water quality. Regulatory control of pollutants and the technical aspects of engineering controls will also be given emphasis.

Department of Epidemiology


EPI 616 - Environmental Epidemiology

3 Hours

Design and conduct of studies examining health effects of environmental exposures. Strengths and limitations of research strategies and interpretation of study results. Areas of interest include air and water pollution, lead, and biological marker outcomes.

Department of Government


PSC 355 - Politics of Development

3 Hours

Analysis of social, economic and political problems confronting the world's poor countries. Topics examined include national responses to the following problems: child soldiers and child labor; government corruption and transparency; ethnic conflict; environmental destruction; social inequality; globalization; and cultural preservation.

Department of Health Behavior


HB 604 - High Technology Approaches to Health Communications and Behavior Change Interventions

3 hours

To present students with an initial, in-depth exposure to concepts, technical skills and research findings associated with the integration of computer technology and health communications. Course will be graded by letter.

Department of Health Care Organization and Policy


HCO 617 - International Children's Rights and Social Justice: Global Perspectives

3 hours

Familiarizes students with public health and legal issues with regard to children. The course provides background on international law and international human rights law, and international treaties focused particularly on children, followed by the role of public health in achieving these rights and lessening the gap between theory and practice. Prerequisites: Only available to School of Public Health degree seeking students.

Department of History


HY 480 - Historic Preservation and Public Policy

3 Hours

Ways to research, assess, and use historic buildings and architecture as a way to study history and inform public policy.

Department of Philosophy


PHL 115 - Contemporary Moral Issues

3 Hours

Survey of contemporary moral problems and dilemmas; introduction to methods and concepts of moral philosophy. Topics may include abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, economic justice, homosexuality, animal rights, and respect for nature. Ethics and Civic Responsibility are significant components of this course.

PHL 116 - Bioethics

3 Hours

Moral problems and dilemmas in medicine and health affairs; elementary methods and concepts of moral philosophy. Problems typically include, among others, AIDS and human and animal experimentation. Ethics and Civic Responsibility are significant components of this course.

PHL 321 - Cooperation and Competition

3 Hours.

This is an introductory course in game theory. Topics include game forms, Nash and subgame perfect equilibrium, von Neumann-Morgenstern utility theory, design and solution of games, strategic implications of uncertainty and information asymmetries, institutions and elementary mechanism design, and basic evolutionary game theory. All topics are taught by application to examples from business, politics, law and individual behavior. Course work will include analysis of philosophical implications and applications. One previous PHL course or permission of instructor required. Quantitative Literacy is a significant component of this course (QEP).

Department of Sociology


SOC 200 - Social Change

3 Hours

Change as ever present feature of contemporary, global societies. Comparative analysis of the impact of change on societies and citizens in Developed and Lesser Countries. Application of change theories to contemporary issues.

SOC 245 - Contemporary Social Problems

3 Hours

How certain social conditions or behaviors come to be seen as social problems, why they persist and how they can be changed. Emphasis on understanding contemporary issues, and how diverse social groups are impacted by them.

SOC 370 - Population Problems

3 Hours

Scope and method of population analysis; analysis of growth, distribution of characteristics, and changes of population of U.S.; impact of changes in population structure on American and world society.

SOC 431 - Environmental Sociology

3 Hours

Examines the interaction between the biophysical environment and human society, how social processes, define, construct, and alter the environment, and human causes and consequences of environmental problems.

SOC 470 - Urban Ecology

3 Hours

Spatial distribution of social, demographic, and physical factors in urban environment; distribution of population by age, race and class; competition for land between businesses and homeowners; consequences of local ecology for poverty, health, etc.

SOC 480 - Sociology of Health and Illness

3 Hours

Critical evaluation of medical care system and health policy; social consequences of current health issues; social causes of health and illness; alternative practitioners and self-help groups.

School of Public Health


PUH 250 - Biostatistics.

3 Hours

Students will gain a thorough understanding of basic analysis methods, elementary concepts, statistical models and applications of probability, commonly used sampling distributions, parametric and nonparametric one and two sample tests, confidence intervals, applications of analysis of two-way contingency table data, simple linear regression, and simple analysis of variance.

PUH 300 - Environment Factors in PH

3 Hours

This didactic lecture course open to students from all majors will survey current issues and challenges in our global and local environmental and how those impact our health. It will examine the sources, exposure routes, regulation and health outcomes associated with biological, chemical, and physical agents in the environment, both naturally occurring and man-made. We will examine these agents and how they impact air, water and food quality to cause disease. Regulatory agencies, risk assessment and disaster response and preparedness will be discussed.

PUH 301 - Origins of Epidemics: How Public Health Defines Population and Nations

3 Hours

The intellectual tools of public health describe diseases from cholera and pandemic avian influenza to obesity and diabetes that threaten the integrity of organized societies. This course explores the richness of public health through its disciplines and its stories to demonstrate how the understanding of the origins of epidemics determines the progress of civilizations.

PUH 302 - Epid: Beyond the Outbreak

3 Hours

The course will provide students with a basic understanding of epidemiology history, methods, and practice. The history of epidemiology will focus on major historical events such as John Snow and the 1854 Broad Street cholera outbreak . The course will also cover basic epidemiologic methods such measures of disease occurrence (e.g., prevalence and incidence) as well as basic study designs such as case-control and cohort studies. Later in the term, students will utilize actual epidemiologic investigations in order to learn how these methods are put into practice. The coursework will focus mostly on discussion for the first part of the course focused on the history of epidemiology. The section on methods will primarily be problem-based, performing basic analysis of epidemiologic data through calculation of prevalence/incidence and measures of association (e.g., prevalence ratio, incidence rate ratio). This work will lead to students to prepare a document on how they would respond to an outbreak in a situation described by the course master. The entire coursework will take place in a lecture format, with the class meeting twice a week.

PUH 303 - Intro Global Health

3 Hours

This course is designed to provide students with an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of global health, its history, successes to date, and current challenges. Students will be introduced to basic concepts of health disparities, major causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide and determinants of health. Students will be introduced to challenges of health care organization and delivery and will discuss health as a human right. Finally students will discuss key 'players' in global health and how partnerships are essential for addressing health needs worldwide. Lectures, discussion, and case studies will be integral teaching elements of the course.

Last modified on June 30, 2014