Title: Environmental Health
Keywords: Toxic agents/environmental hazards
Epidemiology
Country: Spain
Institution: Spain - Barcelona Institute for Global Health - University of Barcelona
Course coordinator: Payam Dadvand
Mark Nieuwenhuijsen
Date start: 2018-04-24
Date end: 2018-05-04
About duration and dates: 2 weeks, from 9:00 to 11:00 and 11:30 to 13:30. This course includesd pre-readings, to be completed ahead of the course start date.
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Course location:
Faculty of Medicine
University of Barcelona
C/ Casanova, 143
08036 Barcelona
SPAIN
ECTS credit points: 3 ECTS credits
SIT: 75 hours

Hours of face-to-face class time: 24 h
Hours of independent study: approximately 51 h
Language: English
Description:
By the end of the course, students will be able to:

1. Critically discuss relevant literature on environment and health.

2. Apply principles of exposure assessment, epidemiology, and health impact assessment to the field of environmental health.

3. Know and use key methods to assess environmental impacts on health.

4. Apply scientific evidence to explain the relationship between environmental conditions and health effects, including sources and pathways of contaminants that lead to human exposure and of environmental perturbations that are potentially hazardous to health.
Assessment Procedures:
The final evaluation will be based on the following elements:

1. Written questions for each session (20%):
Students will read a paper in advance of each session and submit written answers to a set of questions (5-6 per session) that will help them to participate in a critical discussion of the topic in class.

2. Final case study (40%):
A short case study in which students relate environmental conditions to health outcomes and discuss the most appropriate methods for assessing this relationship (2-3 pages).


3. Class participation (40%):
Student participation in classroom exercises and discussion will be assessed as follows:

• A grade of 5 (E ECTS) or less corresponds to minimum, disruptive, or no participation;
• A grade of 8 (B ECTS) corresponds to responding constructively to questions;
• A grade of 10 (A ECTS) corresponds to asking perceptive questions and active constructive and educational interaction with colleagues and instructor.

Re-sit: Students who do not receive a passing grade on parts 1 or 2 of the assessment may re-submit their written work within one month. There is no re-sit for class participation.
Content:
The course is comprised of six lecture sessions of four hours each:

1. Introduction to the course, environment and health and overview of methods used in environment and health

The session will provide an introduction to the course and the main methods used in environment and health including study designs, methods and tools used, and main exposures studied.

2. Environmental exposure assessment and measurement error
This session covers the development and execution of exposure assessment used in environmental epidemiological studies and deals with the principal tools and knowledge necessary for environmental epidemiological studies including questionnaires, GIS, personal monitoring and modelling and biological monitoring, and the impact of measurement error on health effect estimates.

3. Chemical pollutants and health
The session will cover the main methods used to assess the health impacts of chemical pollutants (e.g. pesticides, POPs, phthalates, Bisphenol A, PFOS/PFOA) and the current status of knowledge on the associations between the exposures and health.

4. Ambient exposures and health: air pollution, noise, UV and green spaces
The session will impart the main methods used to assess the health impacts of air pollution, noise, UV and green space, and the current status of knowledge on the associations between the exposures and health. Issues regarding risk-benefits will be discussed.

5. Water and health
The session will cover the main methods used to assess the health impacts of water contaminants both chemical and microbial, and the current status of knowledge on the associations between the exposures and health. Issues regarding risk-benefits will be discussed.

6. Climate change, chemical incidents and natural disasters
The session will address the main methods used to assess the health impacts of climate change, chemical incidents (e.g. Bhopal, Seveso, Chernobyl) and natural disasters (e.g. volcanoes, heat waves), and the current status of knowledge on the associations between the exposures and health.
Methods:
Lecture / discussions / in class exercises.

Independent study hours (51) are to be dedicated to course pre-readings (approx. 24), reading papers for each session, preparing written questions and preparing the final case study (approx. 27).
Prerequisites:
Students should have an advanced level of English: TOEFL test score 213 computer-based or 550 paper-based or 79-80 internet-based or IELTS band 6.0; or equivalent.

A background in basic epidemiology and statistics is required (equivalent to core course).
Attendance:
30 maximum students; 10 maximum tropEd students
Selection:
Students will be selected for this course based on a CV and letter of motivation.
Fees:
480 € plus university taxes
Scholarships:
There are no scholarships available for this course at the present time.
tropEd accreditation:
Accredited in June 2014. This accreditation is valid until June 2019.
Remarks: Course in collaboration with the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL, www.creal.cat)
Email Address: nuria.casamitjana@isglobal.org
Date Of Record Creation: 2014-06-17 04:53:41 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2014-06-17 10:04:04 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2017-03-25 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2017-11-09 05:56:45 (W3C-DTF)

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