An intensive survey course covering the essentials of toxicology including the metabolic breakdown of xenobiotic materials, acute and chronic toxicity studies mandated by the EPA in TSCA and FIFRA, and the regulatory environment that these studies impact. Credit hours: 3 Class meets: Semester: Fall 2019
This course will examine the interplay of race, socio-economic status, and interest group politics in the formulation and implementation of U.S. federal and state environmental policy through film (popular film and television, documentaries, etc.). We will consider the proposition that people of color and socio-economically disadvantaged individuals bear a disproportionate burden of environmental pollution and its health consequences. We will consider the viewpoint that within the United States, as well as globally, a pattern of environmental inequity, injustice and racism exists. Key topics to be considered during the course include racism and social justice, environmental racism, pollution impacts and health effects in communities of color and rural communities, risk assessment, community responses to environmental threats, pollution in developing nations, indigenous peoples, and climate change. The possible causes for patterns of injustice and community-led interventions will be examined and discussed.

Credit Hours: 3              Class Meets: Wed. 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.           Semester: Summer     


This is an introduction to environmental and occupational health with an emphasis on various levels of prevention and the scientific application of regulatory principles. Evaluation methods and general aspects of control measures relative to human health will also be explored. At the end of the course the student will have been acquainted with the history and basic principles of occupational and environmental health programs and how they relate; be able to review relevant legal, ethical, and regulatory issues pertinent to occupational and environmental health; and be familiar with the basic tools utilized in the evaluation of occupational and environmental health issues such as epidemiology and statistics, industrial hygiene, occupational health nursing, and toxicology. 

Credit hours: 3          Class meets: Mondays 6:00pm - 9:00pm          Semester: Fall