The course is designed to provide an introduction for health professionals to the causes of environmental threats to Public Health, the size of the problem and how to utilise an evidence based approach to reducing these environmental threats to health.
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Have broad knowledge of the field of environmental health;
- Describe major ways in which the environment and human health are connected in different parts of the world, and in different populations;
- Identify the sources and routes of physical, chemical, and biological agents of the environment;
- Gain understanding on health impact among individuals/population of these exposures;
- Find ways to limit and control the exposure to the public; and mitigate the adverse effects of the environment on health.
The important aspects of climate change are not included in this course, there is a separate Open Online Course on Climate Change and Public Health.
How to navigate the course
Each topic comprises some introductory remarks. To access resources we think you will find interesting - click on the collections of resources in each section. There is a forum in each topic for reflection and each topic also has a quiz to check your understanding of some of the concepts in that topic. Again click on the hyperlinks to take you to these items in each topic.
We encourage you to reflect on what you have learned or comment on the course. When you click on the blue hyperlink in each topic labelled reflection, you will be able to add a new topic or respond to a previous one. You may want to share your learning from this and other readings, comment on the topics from your own experience, comment on others' posts, or provide feedback on how we can improve the content and presentation.
In the final topic you will see that you can gain a Certificate of Completion - the requirements for this are to access the resources in each section and pass the quiz at the end. This is a self-directed course, to be taken at your own pace. We encourage you to reflect on the issues, maybe make notes as you go along as this is a good way to be sure that you can internalise the information presented and the lessons to learn from it. This can then become part of your personal development plan.
If you are stimulated to learn more, there are a number of other Open Online Courses on this site, and Peoples-uni has a number of modules for individual study for CPD or towards an MPH.
The course was created by Magali Collonnaz, Halima Tahirkheli, and Rashmi Sood.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
This course is designed to introduce health professionals to the environmental threats to Public Health, the risk factors involved, the size of the problem, and how to utilize an evidence-based approach to reduce these environmental threats to health.
The course is designed to help you:
- Have a broad knowledge of the field of environmental health.
- Describe major ways in which the environment and human health are connected in different parts of the world, and in different populations.
- Identify the sources and routes of physical, chemical, and biological environmental agents.
- Gain an understanding of health impacts among individuals/populations of these exposures.
- Find ways to limit and control the exposure to the public and mitigate the adverse effects of the environment on health.
This course is an Open Online Course (OOC) that was created by Magali Collonnaz, Halima Tahirkheli, and Rashmi Sood. It has been adopted from Peoples-uni and was further developed by NextGenU.org (NGU). It was sponsored in part by the Annenberg Physician Training Program (APTP).
There are six (6) modules to complete, which include:
Module 1: Introduction to Environmental Health
Module 2: Methods of Estimating Health Risks due to Environmental Hazards
Module 3: Major Environmental Hazards and Related Health Impacts
Module 4: Psychosocial Impacts of Environmental Health
Module 5: Mitigation Measures - Strategies to Combat Environmental Diseases
Module 6: Conclusions
Approximate time for completion of this course is 8 hours and 30 minutes at an average reading rate of 144 words/minute.
Engaging with this course
- To register for this course, complete the registration form. Begin the course with Module 1. For each lesson, read the description.
- Each lesson comprises introductory remarks. You can click on the collections of resources in each module.
- There is a forum on each module for reflection, and you will be able to add a new topic or respond to a previous one. You may want to share your learning from this and other readings, comment on the topics from your own experience, comment on others' posts, or provide feedback on how we can improve the content and/or presentation.
- There is a final quiz to assess your understanding of some important concepts. Click on the hyperlinks to take you to these items in each topic.
Requirements to obtain the certificate
You may browse this course for free to learn for your personal enrichment. There are no requirements.
To obtain a certificate, a learner must successfully complete:
- All reading requirements
- All discussion forums
- The final exam with a minimum of 70% and a maximum of 3 attempts and
- The self and course evaluation forms
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*This course is sponsored in part by the Annenberg Physician Training Program: Abstinence-based Recovery from Addictive Disease. Click here to see curricular threading related to mental health disorders.
By the end of this section, you should have a basic understanding of the extent of the ways in which the environment can impact health.1 Page, 1 Forum
By the end of this section, you should have a basic understanding of the methods used to identify environmental hazards and the health risks associated with exposure to these hazards.1 Page, 1 Forum
By the end of this section, you should be able to understand the health impacts of some of the more important environmental hazards: chemicals, air pollution, water and sanitation, and waste.4 Pages
By the end of this section, you should understand the link between environmental health and mental health, including the potential implications of disasters on substance use disorders and strategies to provide psychosocial support.3 Pages, 1 URL
By the end of this section, you should be able to understand the direct and indirect controls to mitigate the adverse impact of the environment on health, including the policy models and required development and modification of infrastructure.1 Page, 1 URL, 1 Forum
This section summarises and concludes the course.
The learning outcome is to have reviewed the main points in the course so that you are ready to take the quiz and earn a certificate.1 Page, 1 Forum
Please take this quiz to assess the knowledge you have gained.
You will gain a Certificate of Completion if you pass the quiz and have accessed the resources in each section.