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Environmental Health Minor

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Contact Information
School of Public Health, MMC 819, A395 Mayo Memorial Building, 420 Delaware Street, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-626-3500 OR 1-800-774-8636)
  • Program Type: Graduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2019
  • Length of program in credits (master's): 6
  • Length of program in credits (doctoral): 12
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
The environmental health minor is designed for students who wish to understand how our physical and social environment affects public health. Students will learn about exposure to physical and social stressors, such as chemicals, infectious agents, stress, and violence; how stressors affect health; and how decisions are made to protect health.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Students enrolled in University master's or doctoral programs are eligible for the minor.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Prior consultation with the major field academic advisor regarding pursuit of the Environmental Health minor is expected. For more information regarding the Environmental Health minor, contact sph-ask@umn.edu.
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
Courses offered on both the A/F and S/N grade basis must be taken A/F. A minimum grade of B- is required for all courses. The minimum cumulative GPA for the minor is 3.00.
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Masters
Master's Coursework (6 credits)
Required Course (2 credits)
Take the following course.
PUBH 6102 - Issues in Environmental Health (2.0 cr)
Electives (4 credits)
Master's students must select 4 credits from the following list, in consultation with the Environmental Health director of graduate studies. PubH 6100 Topics must be GIS and Spatial Analysis (3 cr).
PUBH 6100 - Topics: Environmental Health (1.0-4.0 cr)
PUBH 6106 {Inactive} (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6112 - Environmental Health Risk Assessment: Application to Human Health Risks from Exposure to Chemicals (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6115 - Worker Protection Law (1.0 cr)
PUBH 6116 - Environmental Law (1.0 cr)
PUBH 6120 - Injury Prevention in the Workplace, Community, and Home (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6123 - Violence Prevention and Control: Theory, Research, and Application (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6154 - Climate Change and Global Health (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6161 - Regulatory Toxicology (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6162 - Biomarkers (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6173 - Exposure to Physical Agents (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6174 - Control of Workplace Exposure (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6181 - Surveillance of Foodborne Diseases and Food Safety Hazards (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6190 - Environmental Chemistry (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6192 - Measurement and Properties of Air Contaminants (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6193 - Advanced Topics in Human Exposure Science (2.0 cr)
Doctoral
Doctoral Coursework (12 credits)
Required Coursework (2 credits)
Take the following course.
PUBH 6102 - Issues in Environmental Health (2.0 cr)
Electives (10 credits)
Doctoral students must select 10 credits from the following list, in consultation with the Environmental Health director of graduate studies. PubH 6100 Topics must be GIS and Spatial Analysis (3 cr).
PUBH 6100 - Topics: Environmental Health (1.0-4.0 cr)
PUBH 6106 {Inactive} (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6112 - Environmental Health Risk Assessment: Application to Human Health Risks from Exposure to Chemicals (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6115 - Worker Protection Law (1.0 cr)
PUBH 6116 - Environmental Law (1.0 cr)
PUBH 6120 - Injury Prevention in the Workplace, Community, and Home (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6123 - Violence Prevention and Control: Theory, Research, and Application (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6154 - Climate Change and Global Health (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6161 - Regulatory Toxicology (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6162 - Biomarkers (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6173 - Exposure to Physical Agents (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6174 - Control of Workplace Exposure (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6181 - Surveillance of Foodborne Diseases and Food Safety Hazards (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6190 - Environmental Chemistry (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6192 - Measurement and Properties of Air Contaminants (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6193 - Advanced Topics in Human Exposure Science (2.0 cr)
 
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PUBH 6102 - Issues in Environmental Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Current issues, principles, and methods of environmental/occupational health practice. prereq: Public health [MPH or MHA or certificate] student or health journalism MA major or nursing MS student or instr consent
PUBH 6100 - Topics: Environmental Health
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 20.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
New course offerings/topics in environmental health.
PUBH 6112 - Environmental Health Risk Assessment: Application to Human Health Risks from Exposure to Chemicals
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to risk in context of regulatory decision making. prereq: PubH 6102 or instructor permission.
PUBH 6115 - Worker Protection Law
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Role of government in protecting rights of citizens. Labor movement history as starting point for discussion of systems for protecting workers in unsafe workplaces and compensating them for injuries. Laws against class-based discrimination.
PUBH 6116 - Environmental Law
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Questions when pollution protection law conflicts with policy encouraging the use of natural resources. Conflicts when government restricts use of property without compensating its owner. Increasing authority of government to audit businesses.
PUBH 6120 - Injury Prevention in the Workplace, Community, and Home
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Injury epidemiology: analyses of major injury problems affecting the public in the workplace, community, and home using epidemiologic model and conceptual framework; emphasis on strategies/program development for prevention and control.
PUBH 6123 - Violence Prevention and Control: Theory, Research, and Application
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Analysis/critique of major theories and of epidemiological research pertinent to violence, including characteristics of violence and relevant risk factors, reporting/treatment protocols, and current/potential intervention efforts and prevention initiatives. Emphasizes interdisciplinary contributions to violence prevention/control.
PUBH 6154 - Climate Change and Global Health
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Interconnected relationships between global climate change/human health. Develop computer models to predict climate change from natural/anthropogenic forces, predict human health outcomes as result of changing climate. prereq: Students must have elementary computer skills.
PUBH 6161 - Regulatory Toxicology
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
In-depth introduction to laws (and associated regulations) of U.S. federal regulatory agencies, such as CPSC, EPA, FDA, OSHA, and DOT, that require/use toxicological data/information in their mission of protecting human/environmental health. prereq: Background in toxicology or pharmacology or related field is recommended
PUBH 6162 - Biomarkers
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduce current status of molecular biomarker research, including biomarkers of chemical exposures, genetic toxicity markers, genomics-based biomarkers of susceptibility, organ/systems biomarkers. Progression of biomarker development/application from laboratory environment to clinical or population-based settings/development of public health policies/interventions. prereq: Introductory courses in toxicology and exposure analysis recommended
PUBH 6173 - Exposure to Physical Agents
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Nature, health effects, monitoring, and control of physical agents in working/living environments. Ionizing/non-ionizing radiations (including lasers, ultraviolet, visible, and infrared light). Noise/vibration, heat/cold stress. Dose, response, and engineering interventions.
PUBH 6174 - Control of Workplace Exposure
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Hierarchy of options for controlling human exposures to airborne contaminants, both gaseous/aerosol. Science/practice of process control/exhaust ventilation in workplaces/other indoor air spaces/air cleaning. Control of emissions to ambient environment.
PUBH 6181 - Surveillance of Foodborne Diseases and Food Safety Hazards
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: PubH 5181/VMed 5165
Typically offered: Every Fall
Principles/methods for surveillance of foodborne diseases. Investigation of outbreaks, assessment of food safety hazards. Focuses on integration of epidemiologic/lab methods.
PUBH 6190 - Environmental Chemistry
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Overview air, water, and soil chemistry. Pertinent environmental problems. Human/ecological multimedia exposures to chemicals in the environment. prereq: One course each in [gen chem, org chem] or instr consent
PUBH 6192 - Measurement and Properties of Air Contaminants
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Gaseous/particulate air contaminants, their occurrence in workplaces. Factors governing generation/dispersal. Criteria, rationales, and standards for measurement in workplace. Industrial hygiene measurement. Aerosol-related ill-health. prereq: Good grasp of [elementary physics, chemistry, mathematics including calculus]
PUBH 6193 - Advanced Topics in Human Exposure Science
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Designing exposure studies for epidemiologic investigations and health risk assessments. Techniques to measure/estimate human exposures to hazardous agents in non-occupational and occupational environments. prereq: 6192 or instr consent
PUBH 6102 - Issues in Environmental Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Current issues, principles, and methods of environmental/occupational health practice. prereq: Public health [MPH or MHA or certificate] student or health journalism MA major or nursing MS student or instr consent
PUBH 6100 - Topics: Environmental Health
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 20.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
New course offerings/topics in environmental health.
PUBH 6112 - Environmental Health Risk Assessment: Application to Human Health Risks from Exposure to Chemicals
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to risk in context of regulatory decision making. prereq: PubH 6102 or instructor permission.
PUBH 6115 - Worker Protection Law
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Role of government in protecting rights of citizens. Labor movement history as starting point for discussion of systems for protecting workers in unsafe workplaces and compensating them for injuries. Laws against class-based discrimination.
PUBH 6116 - Environmental Law
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Questions when pollution protection law conflicts with policy encouraging the use of natural resources. Conflicts when government restricts use of property without compensating its owner. Increasing authority of government to audit businesses.
PUBH 6120 - Injury Prevention in the Workplace, Community, and Home
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Injury epidemiology: analyses of major injury problems affecting the public in the workplace, community, and home using epidemiologic model and conceptual framework; emphasis on strategies/program development for prevention and control.
PUBH 6123 - Violence Prevention and Control: Theory, Research, and Application
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Analysis/critique of major theories and of epidemiological research pertinent to violence, including characteristics of violence and relevant risk factors, reporting/treatment protocols, and current/potential intervention efforts and prevention initiatives. Emphasizes interdisciplinary contributions to violence prevention/control.
PUBH 6154 - Climate Change and Global Health
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Interconnected relationships between global climate change/human health. Develop computer models to predict climate change from natural/anthropogenic forces, predict human health outcomes as result of changing climate. prereq: Students must have elementary computer skills.
PUBH 6161 - Regulatory Toxicology
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
In-depth introduction to laws (and associated regulations) of U.S. federal regulatory agencies, such as CPSC, EPA, FDA, OSHA, and DOT, that require/use toxicological data/information in their mission of protecting human/environmental health. prereq: Background in toxicology or pharmacology or related field is recommended
PUBH 6162 - Biomarkers
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduce current status of molecular biomarker research, including biomarkers of chemical exposures, genetic toxicity markers, genomics-based biomarkers of susceptibility, organ/systems biomarkers. Progression of biomarker development/application from laboratory environment to clinical or population-based settings/development of public health policies/interventions. prereq: Introductory courses in toxicology and exposure analysis recommended
PUBH 6173 - Exposure to Physical Agents
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Nature, health effects, monitoring, and control of physical agents in working/living environments. Ionizing/non-ionizing radiations (including lasers, ultraviolet, visible, and infrared light). Noise/vibration, heat/cold stress. Dose, response, and engineering interventions.
PUBH 6174 - Control of Workplace Exposure
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Hierarchy of options for controlling human exposures to airborne contaminants, both gaseous/aerosol. Science/practice of process control/exhaust ventilation in workplaces/other indoor air spaces/air cleaning. Control of emissions to ambient environment.
PUBH 6181 - Surveillance of Foodborne Diseases and Food Safety Hazards
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: PubH 5181/VMed 5165
Typically offered: Every Fall
Principles/methods for surveillance of foodborne diseases. Investigation of outbreaks, assessment of food safety hazards. Focuses on integration of epidemiologic/lab methods.
PUBH 6190 - Environmental Chemistry
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Overview air, water, and soil chemistry. Pertinent environmental problems. Human/ecological multimedia exposures to chemicals in the environment. prereq: One course each in [gen chem, org chem] or instr consent
PUBH 6192 - Measurement and Properties of Air Contaminants
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Gaseous/particulate air contaminants, their occurrence in workplaces. Factors governing generation/dispersal. Criteria, rationales, and standards for measurement in workplace. Industrial hygiene measurement. Aerosol-related ill-health. prereq: Good grasp of [elementary physics, chemistry, mathematics including calculus]
PUBH 6193 - Advanced Topics in Human Exposure Science
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Designing exposure studies for epidemiologic investigations and health risk assessments. Techniques to measure/estimate human exposures to hazardous agents in non-occupational and occupational environments. prereq: 6192 or instr consent