Environmental Health Sciences Courses

Ehs 515 Environmental Physiology (3)

Provides a basic understanding of physiological responses to natural and man-made environmental conditions by using topics such as regulation and control of respiration, biological effects of specific inhaled inorganic and organic dust, environmental dermatosis, physiological effects of abnormal atmospheric pressure, the ear as a sound transducer, anatomy and physiology of the eye, physiological responses to heat stress, the anatomy of function, anatomy and physiology of the olfactory system, physiological and anatomical responses to low temperature exposure. Prerequisite: Introductory course in biology.

Ehs 520 (Ese 520) Principles of Environmental Chemistry (3)

A survey of known environmental pollutants undertaken to familiarize students with the processes of evolution, emission, transport and disposition of these compounds in the environment. Prerequisite: Two years of college chemistry or the consent of the instructor.

Ehs 525 Environmental Chemical Analysis (3)

The theory, basic instrumentation and applications of instrumental techniques used in environmental analysis. Included are atomic and molecular spectrometry, chromatography, mass spectrometry and electrochemical techniques. Particular emphasis is placed on those aspects of analysis which influence the precision and accuracy of analytical data. These include the effects of sampling, sample preparation and instrumental. Prerequisites: Three undergraduate courses in chemistry, or consent of instructor.

Ehs 530 Principles of Toxicology (3)

Fundamentals and principles of toxicology including absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of chemicals and drugs in mammalian systems. The toxicology of specific organ systems and of classes of compounds which produce similar toxic effects presented. Current governmental regulations concerning foods, drugs, and environmental policies discussed. Prerequisite: Two years of undergraduate chemistry and one year of undergraduate biology or consent of instructor.

Ehs 535 Environment and Cancer (3)

This one-semester course will discuss the impact of environmental factors including air and water contaminants, diet and lifestyle on the risk of cancer. Both cancer causing agents and cancer preventive agents will be discussed in the light of available research evidence from human, animal and cellular studies. Students interested in a more comprehensive study of cancer biology can additionally take BMS 622.

Ehs 540 Principles of Radiation Science (3)

Fundamentals of nuclear transformation and radioactivity, interaction of radiation with matter, detection and measurement, dosimetry, biological effects, use of radionuclides in physics/chemistry, biology and earth sciences, radionuclides in the environment, radiation and public health. A background in physics and mathematics through calculus is recommended but not required.

Ehs 541 Radioactivity Measurements Laboratory (3)

Principles of measurement of alpha, beta, and gamma radiations. Safe preparation of radioactivity samples. Measurements of radioactivity using semiconductor (germanium and silicon) detectors, liquid and solid scintillation detectors, as well as gas proportional counters. Computer automation in radioactivity measurements. Data analysis, reports preparation. Prerequisite: Ehs 540 or equivalent.

Epi 544 (Ehs 544) Applied Epidemiology (3)

Greater emphasis on practical application of epidemiologic concepts, methods and unique skills, including preparing report, paper, and grant application, presentation, design/methods selection, abstract preparation, interpreting epidemiologic evidence, effective communication, quality assurance technique, data collection technique, human subject issues, leadership, and project management, which are demanded by public health job market.

Ehs 545 Global Climate Change, Extreme Weather and Public Health (3)

This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive picture of how a changing climate and extreme weather or natural disasters affect public health. As climate-related extreme weather events become more severe and frequent, how climate change affects public health is becoming an important and growing concern in the US, and in other parts of the world. Climate related events such as heat waves, cold spells, hurricanes, flooding, severe storms, and power outages have affected multiple health outcomes, including cardiovascular/ respiratory diseases, water-/food- or vector-borne diseases, birth outcomes, injury and mental health. The specific aims of this course are to: 1) Learn the major implications of climate change on public health outcomes; 2) Know what and how basic and specialized methods or tools can be used to analyze health risks from climate change, identify vulnerable populations, and produce risk communication; and 3) Recommend or develop climate-health adaptation strategies or intervention plans by integrating knowledge learned and evidence-based findings from NYS, and working with the instructor and other governmental officials. The overall objective of this new course is to lay a foundation for cross-disciplinary fields by engaging students in lectures, project-based learning, and discussions built around the emerging knowledge base of public health, atmospheric science, and emergency preparedness.

Ehs 560 (Ese 560) Sustainability, Green Design and Public Health (3)

This course covers the theory, principles and measures of sustainability and public health. Through hand-on projects and real-world cases, the students will work with governmental, industrial and non-profit organization partners to assess the environmental footprints and health impacts of their products and services, and suggest the sustainable interventions.

Ehs 590 Introduction to Environmental Health (3)

During the exploration of myriad environmental health related topics, students in this course gain an understanding of the interactions between individuals and communities with the environment, approaches to investigating these interactions, potential impacts of environmental agents on human health and of specific applications of environmental health concepts to public health. Prerequisite: College level biology course or permission of instructor.

Ehs 591 Occupational Health: Achievements, Continuing Challenges and Evolving Issues (3)

Most adults spend between a third to a half of their time at work. Workplace conditions have a huge effect on both individual and population health. Worker health is a public health issue that crosses many boundaries such a as social, economic, scientific and political. Within this context students will discuss key accomplishments that have improved worker health and explore condition that still put worker health at risk both nationally and globally in a rapidly changing world. Students who have received credit for Sph491 cannot receive credit for this course. Students who have received credit for HSPH491 cannot receive credit for this course.

Ehs 603 (Epi 613) Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology (3)

An introduction to approaches used by epidemiologists for investigating health effects of hazardous agents in the environment and workplace. We review relevant epidemiologic study designs, exposure assessment strategies and biomarker uses. Topical areas such as air and water pollutants, climate change and industrial exposures will be investigated using recent studies. Prerequisites: Introductory Courses in Epidemiology (Epi 500 or 501) and in Biostatistics (Sta 551, 552 or 572).

Ehs 605 Water Quality and Public Health (3)

Multiple case studies will introduce water quality concepts and demonstrate the impact of economics and politics on public health policy. Information to evaluate the action plans of each case will be presented. Water chemistry and microbiology will be emphasized. Students will evaluate issues and critique implemented plans by written and oral evaluations. Prerequisites: Completion of at least two core courses in either the EHS or the MPH program or permission of instructor.

Ehs 607 Global Environmental Health Policy (3)

Examination from a variety of analytic perspectives of several global health policy issues of current social, economic, and political importance. Issues include toxic substances, vector borne diseases, climate change, health disparities, occupational health standards, environmental risk analyses, and risk management. Prerequisite: Ehs 590 or the equivalent.

Ehs 612 (Epi 621) Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Public Health (3)

This course covers the basics of geographic information systems (GIS) as applied toward epidemiologic research and surveillance. GIS software functionality, geocoding, use of global positioning systems (GPS), sources of data and spatial statistical methods are among the topics covered. Prerequisite: Epi 501.

Ehs 619 (Epi 609) Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology (3)

An overview of epidemiologic methods commonly employed for the study of reproductive and perinatal endpoints including pertinent physiological mechanisms of pregnancy and fetal growth critical to understanding the relevant epidemiologic methods and the unique nature of the circumstances surrounding human reproduction. Prerequisites: Epi 501, Epi 552/Sta 552.

Ehs 622 Mass Spectrometry (3)

Study of the Principles, Techniques and Applications of Mass Spectrometry. Introduction to modern techniques of ionization, mass analysis, and ion detection, with emphasis on interpretation of spectra, application of mass spectrometry to environmental problems and current research topics. Prerequisite: Ehs 520 or Ehs 530.

Ehs 626 Reproductive Environmental Health (3)

This course will review the impact of exposures to various classes of environmental pollutants on human reproduction throughout the life course including, fecundity and fertility, pregnancy, infant and child development, and adult reproductive health. This course combines a “traditional” didactic format with weekly student-led discussions of the literature. Prerequisites: Ehs 590, Epi 500 or Epi 501, Bms 505 or equivalent.

Ehs 629 (Sph 629) Protocol Development and Grant Writing (3)

This course will teach methods for developing research grant proposals in the population sciences. Exposure and outcome assessment, study designs and bias will be discussed in-depth. Application of these methods will be evaluated through written critiques of the peer-reviewed literature, in-class discussions and the preparation of a grant proposal.

Ehs 630 (Bms 622) Cancer Biology (3)

This course will introduce second year students to the complexity of cancer as a disease. It will focus on the basic molecular cell biology mechanisms that underlie the origin and progression of cancer, the epidemiological aspects and the principles of clinical management of the disease. Prerequisites: Basic undergraduate biology; Bms 500 and Bms 500B or equivalents; or permission of instructor.

Ehs 632 Atmospheric Environment and Human Welfare (3)

The course introduces and surveys the sources, dissemination, environmental modification, human exposure, susceptibility, and control issues related to global and local air pollution issues.

Ehs 665 Risk Assessment (3)

Introduces the science that is used in assessing human health risks from chemical exposures. It includes: (a) hazard identification; (b) dose- response assessment; (c) exposure assessment; (d) risk characterization; and (e) risk communication. Imparts analytical skills that students can use in developing, interpreting, and understanding risk assessment for individual chemical or specific contamination incidents involving human exposure. Prerequisites: Ehs 530 and Epi 501.

Ehs 675 (Bms 670) Responsible Conduct of Science (1)

This is course will explore specific areas of the conduct of research. Aspects of recognition of scientific fraud, peer interaction, and reporting of misconduct will be covered. Bioethical issues will not be covered. A specific issue concerning scientific conduct will be presented at each class through case study and student-led discussion.

Ehs 690 Research Rotations in Environmental Health and Toxicology (3)

Supervised investigations/research in an area of environmental health including environmental chemistry and toxicology. Paper required. Prerequisite: Permission of rotations coordinator.

Ehs 694 Directed Readings in Environmental Health and Toxicology (2-6)

Projects in selected areas of environmental health and toxicology studies on the graduate level, under supervision of a faculty member, with regular progress reports. May be repeated once when topics differ for a total of 6 hours. Prerequisite: Consent of department chair.

Ehs 697 Independent Study and Research (2-6)

Projects in selected areas of environmental health and toxicology studies on the graduate level, under supervision of a faculty member, with regular progress reports. May be repeated once when topics differ for a total of 6 hours. Prerequisite: Consent of department chair.

Ehs 699 Thesis Research (1-12)

Required of all M.S. students. Prerequisite: Consent of advisor.

Ehs 780 Current Literature in Environmental Health and Toxicology (1)

This course is designed to teach and promote critical reading of the literature. Areas from which articles will be selected include environmental chemistry, toxicology, pollution by chemicals and/or organisms, effects of the environment on the health of individuals or communities, and measurement of environmental variables.

Ehs 790 Seminars in Environmental Health Sciences (0-1)

The course is required for MS and PhD students in Environmental Health Sciences. The overarching goal of this course is to expose students to critical issues in public health with a broad introduction to public health. Students can formally enroll in this course a maximum of four times.

Ehs 831 Topics in Metabolism and Disposition of Xenobiotics (1-4)

Studies of the role of metabolism and disposition in the detoxification and toxification of xenobiotics. Emphasis placed on the reading and criticism of research papers involving the hepatic mixed-function oxidase system. Prerequisites: Chm 540A, Ehs 530.

Ehs 833 Immunotoxicology (1)

Fundamentals and principles of immunotoxicology. Critical review of the function of the lymphoid system, humoral factors and its cellular components and current methodology used to evaluate immune alterations caused by xenobiotics. Presentation of specific mechanisms involved in the expression of immunotoxicity.

Ehs 894 Directed Readings in Environmental Health and Toxicology (3-6)

Projects in selected areas of environmental health and toxicology studies for doctoral students, under the supervision of a faculty member, with regular progress reports. May be repeated once when topics differ for a total of 6 hours. Prerequisite: Consent of department chair.

Ehs 897 Independent Study and Research (1-6)

Projects in selected areas of environmental health and toxicology studies for doctoral students, under the supervision of a faculty member, with regular progress reports. May be repeated once when topics differ for a total of 6 credits.

Ehs 898 Laboratory Research (3-12)

Available for all Ph.D. students engaged in research leading to the dissertation, prior to admission to candidacy. Prerequisite: Permission of advisor.

Ehs 899 Dissertation Research (1-12)

Required of all Ph.D. students. Prerequisite: Consent of advisor. Registration for this course is limited to doctoral students who have been admitted to candidacy.