Current course names and descriptions are available below; please note they are subject to change. You can also search for current and past course offerings on UAB's Class Schedule Listing site. Choose "ENH" in the Department drop-down to find Environmental Health Sciences courses.

A comprehensive list of all Environmental Health Sciences courses is included in the UAB Graduate Catalog; however, that listing does not reflect what is being offered this year.

Environmental Health Sciences Courses and Descriptions

ENH 600: Fundamentals of Environmental Health Sciences

This introductory course is designed to teach public health graduate students the fundamental concepts of environmental health science. This course provides an overview of issues related to occupational, environmental health. The topics of human population growth, air and water pollution, urbanization, solid waste, build environment and climate change will be discussed in the U.S. and abroad in the duration of this course. This course is offered both online and in-person. 3 hours.

ENH 610: Environmental Disasters

Every week it seems a new disaster is making headlines in the newspapers. Disasters can be natural, such as tornadoes, floods and earthquakes; or can be man-made or man-initiated, such as nuclear accidents, fires and chemical or oil spills. There are also ‘slow onset’ disasters, such as pollution events and climate change, that can cause detrimental effects to the environment over time. Public health officials are often among the first to respond to these disasters and need to have an understanding of the potential risks, the environmental and community health implications, and understand the importance of good risk communication skills when communicating risks to impacted communities. This multidisciplinary course examines the worldwide threat of environmental disasters. Theory, case studies, and current research are reviewed, and the public health, environmental, human service, psychosocial and public policy implications of toxic disasters are discussed. Environmental Disasters is open to graduate students and upper-level undergraduate students from all divisions of the university (including Public Health, Public Administration, Medicine, Health Related Professions, Social & Behavioral Science, and Engineering). This course is offered online. 3 hours

ENH 611: Environmental & Occupational Exposure Assessment

This course is intended to develop an understanding and appreciation of environmental exposure assessment and its role in providing the tools and information for risk assessment, epidemiology and toxicology. The course material introduces the general concepts of first recognizing environmental exposures to chemicals in human populations, and then using sampling techniques to assess exposures. This course is offered in-person. 3 hours

ENH 612:  Assessing & Managing Environmental Risks

Examination of the methods used in developing environmental policy, with a focus on how toxicology and exposure measurements are used in environmental risk assessment and management.  Students will learn the risk assessment process from identifying hazards, assessing exposure, and characterizing the risks, as well as identifying means to evaluate the effectiveness of environmental policies from social and economic perspectives.  This course is offered online. Prerequisite: ENH 650 or permission of instructor. 3 hours

ENH 614: Sustainability and Public Health

Starting from a foundation of sustainability framed by the UN sustainable development goals, this course examines placed-based examples of successes and challenges in sustainability and public health. Students will critically evaluate the intersecting factors contributing to and scientific/policy evidence underpinning socially, environmentally, and economically unsustainable elements of our local community, and how these situations impact human health and well-being. Particular areas of emphasis include the built environment, transportation, waste, food, supply chain, energy, and climate change. Course presentation will include lectures, readings, field experiences, community engagement, and videos/film. This course is offered both online and in-person. 3 hours

ENH 615: Environmental Justice

A critical examination of the growing social movement in the United States, the movement for environmental justice. Local environmental issues in the greater Birmingham area will be carefully examined. Discussion and assessment of ethical considerations underlying the placement of hazardous waste sites and toxic industries in poor communities and communities of color, as well as the economic and social issues that resulted from these actions will be explored. This course is offered both online and in-person. 3 hours

ENH 621: Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene

Industrial hygiene principles of anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of hazards found in the work environment, including chemical, physical, biological, and ergonomic. Development, application, and limitations of occupational health guidelines and standards. This course is offered online. 3 hours

ENH 624: Control of Occupational Hazards

General concepts of industrial hygiene controls. Principles of the application of general dilution ventilation and the design of local exhaust ventilation. Types, selection, and regulations of personal protective equipment (PPE) focusing on respirators. This course is offered in-person. 2 hours

ENH 625:  Industrial Hygiene Case Studies

Integration of students' basic knowledge in industrial hygiene through consideration of real work-place situations. Step-by-Step analysis of case reports covering occupational health and safety problems in representative industrial situations. Sequential presentation of overview of working conditions, survey strategies, interpretation of results, and recommendations. This course is offered in-person. 2 hours

ENH 626:  Physical Agents

General characteristics, health effects, and control of occupational physical hazards, including noise, radiation, heat stress, vibration, and pressure. Occupational exposure assessment methods through the introduction of measurement equipment and techniques and review of regulatory and consensus standards. This course is offered in-person. 2 hours

ENH 635:  Foodborne and Waterborne Diseases: Causes and Prevention

Food and water safety are essential to maintain human health. The CDC estimates that about 1-in-6 in the US succumb to a foodborne illness each year. The high incidence of foodborne and waterborne diseases warrants an intentional study of the pathogens and chemicals responsible for this incredible number of illnesses and significant burden to the medical system. Students will understand the agents that cause disease, disease pathogenesis combined with host and comorbid factors, methods of transmission, surveillance, and prevention. This course is offered online. 3 hours

ENH 650:  Essentials of Environmental and Occupational Toxicology and Diseases

Serves as introductory graduate level course that focuses on multiple aspects of toxicology and disease processes associated with environmental and occupational exposures. Students learn basic terminology and concepts of environmental and occupational toxicology as well as occupational and environmental disease recognition, management and prevention. Emphasis is on scientific foundations rather than on addressing topical issues. The general course orientation is towards basic principles, organ system physiology, diseases and prevention. This course is offered both online and in-person. 3 hours.

ENH 660: Fundamentals of Air & Water Pollution

Air and water pollution have significant effects on human health and the environment. Since the promulgation of air and water regulations, significant strides have been made to improve our understanding of the sources, the transport, environmental impacts, and the health effects linked to air and water pollutants. This course, designed for students interested in environmental health sciences or public health will introduce concepts related to air and water pollution. Focus will be on the health effects linked to air and water pollutants, the regulations governing pollutants, the sources of pollution, and transport of pollutants in air and water. This course is offered both online and in-person. 3 hours.

ENH 661: Environmental Sampling and Analysis Lab

This course is designed to provide the students with a thorough understanding of the principles and practice of air sampling and elements of water sampling. This course consists mainly of laboratory exercises combined with some lecture sessions to set the theoretical bases for the lab work. The course will focus on contaminant gases, vapors, suspended particulate material and dissolved chemicals in water. This course is offered in-person. 3 hours

ENH 670: Fundamentals of Occupational Health & Safety

Basic principles of safety and loss control; emphasis on prevention of losses of people, property, and products in work place. Developing competences in human-factors engineering, fire prevention, physical and behavioral science, product safety, and science of accident prevention. This course is offered online. 3 hours

ENH 680: Interdisciplinary Field Studies

Virtual and/or Individual Site visits to industries throughout Alabama to observe processes and interact with occupational health personnel. Seminars held with occupational health nursing, industrial hygiene, and safety and ergonomics students to exchange information on latest developments and enhance interdisciplinary interaction. This course is offered both online and in-person. Prerequisite: ENH 621 or Permission of Instructor. 1 hour

ENH 681: Interdisciplinary Worksite Evaluations

To assist students in developing critical thinking and analytical skills, provide them with experience in applying discipline-specific knowledge in a broad occupational health and safety context, and provide experience in working in interdisciplinary teams. The course consists of an overview of survey methodology and information sources, with emphasis on job safety analysis, a review of the occupational site or process to be evaluated and a report of the identified hazards and recommended controls. This class is offered both online and in-person. Prerequisite: ENH 680. 2 hours

ENH 695: Environmental Health Integrative Experience

This course represents a culminating experience that allows students to demonstrate synthesis of foundational and concentration competencies. All MPH students, regardless of program affiliation, must complete this capstone course to graduate. These sections are for MPH students with concentration in Environmental and Occupational Health. Specifically, this course will provide students with the opportunity to use skills gained during your MPH program to assess different aspects of a community’s assets, environment, or health. This course will offer insights on current research and practice, how policies influence health, and give students the opportunity to identify root causes of public health issues. This course must be completed during the final term of enrollment (or in the final spring semester for students graduating at the end of summer term). Starting fall of 2022 this course will be listed as ENH 689. This course is offered both online and in-person. 2 hours

ENH 695: Environmental Health Perspectives

This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to and overview of key areas in environmental health. Using the perspectives of the population and community, the course will cover factors associated with the investigation and development of environmental health problems. Students will gain an understanding of the interaction of individuals and communities with the environment, the potential impact on human health of environmental agents, and specific application of concepts of environmental health. The course consists of lectures that cover principles derived from core environmental health disciplines. The sequence begins with background material and “tools of the trade” (environmental epidemiology, environmental toxicology, and environmental policy and regulation); agents of environmental diseases (e.g., microbial agents, ionizing and nonionizing radiation); and applications and domains of environmental health (e.g., water and air quality, food safety, waste disposal, and occupational health). The course then explores interactions with other domains, social determinants, sustainability, as well as career perspectives and applications within the field of public health. Starting fall of 2022 this course will be listed as ENH 690. This course is offered online. 1 hour

ENH 695: Seminar on Selected Environmental Health Topics

Seminar covering a variety of environmental health topics. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. This course will be offered as needed. 3 hours

ENH 698: Masters Level Directed Research

Independent study with guidance of appropriate faculty. Pass/No Pass. 1 - 9 hours

ENH 699: Masters Level Project Research

Research for project under direction of research project committee. Pass/No Pass. 1 - 9 hours

ENH 700: Scientific Basis of Environmental Health

This is an overview course for doctoral students with emphasis on promoting health-enhancing environments while focusing on physical and chemical hazards, and important topics of social and built environments. 3 hours

ENH 705: Seminar on selected Environmental Health topics

Seminar covering a variety of environmental health topics. . Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. This course will be offered as needed. 3 hours

ENH 770: Advanced Topics in Environmental Disasters and Public Health

This multidisciplinary course examines the worldwide threat of environmental disasters. Theory, case studies, and current research are reviewed, and the public health, environmental, human service, psychosocial and public policy implications of toxic disasters are discussed. Students will examine emerging public health challenges posed by disasters and incidents involving chemicals, radiation and biological agents as well as climate related disasters. Students are provided with the opportunity to undertake guided research on current topics in the field and discuss their findings with graduate students and faculty members. 3 hours

ENH 781: Journal Club

The purpose of this course is to provide a forum in which students become comfortable critically reviewing recent refereed publications in the fields of environmental and occupational health, and industrial hygiene. Students will also be expected to review each other’s material, conduct concise written reviews and become comfortable answering and asking questions in a scientific setting. This course is offered only in-person. 1 hour

ENH 790: Seminar: Current Topics in Environmental Health Sciences Research

Interactive forum in which graduate students and faculty discuss dissertation research projects and topics related to the field of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences research through presentations given by invited speakers. Course is designed to develop oral communication skills for presenting scientific material to peer groups. Presentations are followed by discussion and questions. This course is offered only in-person. Pass/No Pass. 1 hour

ENH 798: Doctoral Directed Research, Environmental Health

Independent study with guidance of appropriate faculty. This course is offered only in-person. Pass/No Pass. 1 - 9 hours  

ENH 799: Dissertation Research, Environmental Health

Research for dissertation under the direction of the dissertation committee. This course is offered only in-person. Pass/No Pass. 1 - 9 hours