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PSCI 229 Environmental Health Policy

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  • Fall 2017
    Katrina Korfmacher
    Fall 2017 — TR 12:30 - 13:45
    Course Syllabus

    Does your zip code determine your health? If so, what is the role of the environment? Can changes in policies, systems, and environments address the root causes of health disparities? Public health professionals, researchers, government agencies, and community groups recognize that the physical environment has significant impacts on health equity but often lack the policy skills, concepts, and experiences needed to effect change. This advanced course takes a problem-based approach to environmental health policy. Students will develop multidisciplinary understanding of policy processes, environmental health systems, and problem-solving frameworks. Emphasizing local perspectives on environmental justice in the U.S., the course will include in-depth case studies of lead poisoning, transportation systems, and urban land use, and will highlight other domestic and global topics. Students will have the opportunity to conduct an independent policy research and writing project on an issue of their choice.

  • Fall 2016
    Katrina Smith Korfmacher
    Fall 2016 — TR 12:30 - 13:45
    Course Syllabus

    Prerequisites: Not open to freshmen; PH 101 or PH 116; PH 102; or permission of instructor.
    Public health professionals, researchers, and community groups recognize that the physical environment has significant impacts on health. This course focuses on the skills, tools, and approaches needed to address the root causes of environmental health problems. This advanced course explores a problem-based approach to addressing environmental health issues through policy processes. Students will develop understanding of policy processes, environmental health issues, and problem-solving frameworks. Emphasizing local perspectives on environmental justice in the U.S., the course will include in-depth case studies of lead poisoning, health impacts of global transportation systems, and land use/built environment, among others. Each issue will be examined in the context of federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and relevant stakeholders, systems and strategies. Students will have the opportunity for a major independent policy research and writing project on an issue of their choice. This course is designed to introduce students to the development, structure, function, and implementation of environmental health policy at local, national, and global scales.