Environmental Health Courses

Course # (credit hours)



EH 500 (2)

Perspectives in
Environmental Health
(Fall, Spring)

Students enrolled in EH 500 will focus on both domestic and global environmental and occupational health problems. The course presents the ecological paradigm as applied to public health and introduces various aspects of environmental health, including air, surface water, and ground water contamination, food safety, occupational health, radiation, chemical and physical hazards, vector control, and injuries. Additional topics including such issues as the health effects of global climate change and rapid industrialization, and developing nations' perspectives on potable water supply, water pollution, indoor and ambient air pollution, sanitation, food safety, and waste management will also be covered.
EH 500 Sample Syllabus - Fall
EH 500 Sample Syllabus - Spring

EH 515 (2)

Air Quality in the Urban Environment: A Survey of Research methods and Recent Findings (Spring)

The link between the air we breathe and human health affects millions globally, placing urban air quality as a major public health concern. This course examines ways to characterize urban air pollution as well as its public health implications based on recent clinical, epidemiological and toxicological research. The course will be highly interactive and will provide instruction on conducting basic, applied air quality research in academic, governmental and grassroots settings.
EH 515 Sample Syllabus

EH 520 (3)

Human Toxicology (Fall)

Prerequisites: college-level biology and chemistry or instructor's permission. Examines the basic concepts of toxicology in environmental and occupational surroundings. Distribution, absorption, metabolic conversion, and elimination of toxic agents are discussed. Mechanisms of injury to various body systems following exposure to toxic chemicals are explored at the systemic, organ, and cellular level. Topics also include classes of toxicants, methods for detecting and evaluating their effects, and the scientific basis for risk estimation in humans.
EH 520 Sample Syllabus

EH 524 (2)

Risk Assessment I (Fall)

This course will survey the general principles and practices of environmental health risk assessment for toxic exposures in the environment and interactions with other factors contributing to human health risks. A variety of case studies will be used to demonstrate the basic methods and results of risk assessment, including estimation/evaluation of potential risk based on empirical evidence (e.g., laboratory animal studies, human disease clusters), hazard and dose-response assessment for regulatory decisions, and uncertainty analysis and risk communication.
EH 524 Sample Syllabus
EH 527 (2)

Biomarkers and
Environmental Public Health (Spring)

The study of human susceptibility to environmental toxic chemicals is about to undergo a major transformation as the new knowledge of how toxic chemicals behave in the boy is becoming more readily available. Coupled with the advances Human Genome Project and the ecogenetic research programs, the use of biomarkers will allow us not only to accurately assess the exposures to those toxic chemicals, but to predict the resulting adverse health outcomes as well. This course is designed to introduce the use of biomarkers in environmental public health from qualitative and quantitative perspectives.
EH 527 Sample Syllabus

EH 530 (2)

Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology (Spring)

Prerequisite: EPI 530 or equivalent. Reviews basic epidemiological principles and presents issues unique to environmental and occupational health, such as healthy worker effect, industry and occupation coding, and job-exposure matrices. Considers the relation of epidemiological evidence to risk assessment. Students review and critique a number of published articles.
EH 530 Sample Syllabus

EH 540 (2)

Environmental Hazards I (Fall)

Prerequisites: college-level chemistry. Integrates aspects of industrial hygiene, environmental management and environmental science by exploring the underlying environmental science common to both environmental and occupational hazard evaluation. Includes units on environmental and industrial contamination, health and safety, and the interaction between industrial and community environments. Class structure includes lecture materials, field trips, and student presentation of case studies. Focuses on industrial and occupational hygiene and elements of environmental science.
EH 540 Sample Syllabus

EH 546 / GH 580 (2)

Environmental Microbiology:
Control of Food and Waterborne
Diseases (Spring)

Control of food and waterborne diseases. Introduces the major disease-causing microorganisms in the environment and their transmission through water, food, and air. Describes the organisms, pathogenesis, clinical disease, reservoirs, modes of transmission, and epidemiology. Discusses transport, survival, and fate of pathogens in the environment; the concept of indicator organisms as surrogates for pathogens; and the removal and inactivation of pathogens and indicators by water and wastewater treatment processes. Presents examples of the public health impact of environmental transmission routes of these pathogens in developed and developing countries.
EH 546 /GH580 Sample Syllabus

EH 547/GH 506 (1)

Introduction to Microbial Risk Assessment

Spring Break. Pre-requisites: BIOS 500 and EOH 546/GH 580. Introductory course risk assessment methods for infectious diseases, with emphasis on description of microbial infectivity, quantification of microbial concentrations in the environment, description of risk, and exposure in outbreaks. Upon completion of this short introductory course, students will be expected to understand the general approach of microbial risk assessment and to have acquired skills to work with specialists (microbiologists, epidemiologists, biostatisticians) in a multidisciplinary team to tackle microbial risk assessment problems.
EH 547/GH 506 Sample Syllabus

EH 548 (3)

Research Methods for Studies of Water and Health (Spring)

Recommended Prerequisite: GH 529 (Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries) or equivalent. This hands-on course covers methods needed to carry out field studies focused on water and health. Through lecture and laboratory exercises, students will learn critical skills in measuring water quality exposure assessment and waterborne disease health outcomes that will enable them to conduct their own field studies and analyze the resulting data. The focus will be on issues of microbiological contamination in developing countries, but chemical contamination and domestic cases will also be covered.
EH 548 Sample Syllabus

EH 549 (2) Critical Analysis of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Research (Spring)

This seminar covers new and emerging topics in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) research. Through reading of current literature, students will be exposed to different study designs and methods, theoretical approaches, and current debates among researchers. Each semester will focus on 3-4 different topics based on recent publications and topics of interest. Course work will focus on the ability to critically read and assess literature, understanding of the breadth of methods available to address WASH research topics, writing of research papers, and summaries of key findings for lay audiences. Potential topics include: women and water, climate, animal-borne WASH illness, sanitation marketing, food safety, cholera in Haiti, point-of-use water treatment sustainability, integrated water resource management, menstrual hygiene management, water safety plans, WASH in emergency settings. There are no pre-requisites for this course.
EH 549 Sample Syllabus

EH 550 (2)

Environmental and
Occupational Health
Practice (Fall)

Presents an overview of organizational, legal, and administrative issues in occupational health practice such as program design in industry, worker's compensation, drug screening, employee assistance programs, ethical issues, and others.
EH 550 Sample Syllabus

EH 570 (3)

Environmental and
Occupational Health
Policy (Spring)

Introduces administrative and regulatory law principles, specific laws (OSHA, SARA, etc.) and pertinent agencies (OSHA, EPA, ATSDR, etc.), and related topics such as risk communication, worker's compensation, etc.
EH 570 Sample Syllabus

EH 571 (2)

Special Topics: Global Environmental Health Policy: Power, Science & Justice (Spring)

This seminar encourages students to explore the forces that influence the development of environmental health policy, particularly in low-income countries. Using a case-study approach that draws on the instructor’s experience in international water and sanitation, the course examines the actors, their agendas and strategies, and the political, social, legal and economic systems in which they operate. Special emphasis is given to the role of research and scientific evidence in environmental health policymaking. Readings, discussion and occasional guest speakers also explore issues of equity and environmental justice.
EH 571 Sample Syllabus

EH 580/BSHE 591M (2)

Injury Prevention and
Control (Fall)

Introduces injuries as a public health problem. The epidemiology and surveillance, prevention, acute care, and rehabilitation of unintentional and intentional injuries will be discussed. Particular emphasis is placed on injury research, methodology, and injury prevention programs. Case studies will be used to explore the interaction of public policy and epidemiology in the prevention and control of injuries.
EH 580 Sample Syllabus

EH 581 (2)

National Security and Public Health Consequences of
Disasters and Terrorism (Spring)

Considers health aspects of disaster preparedness and management of natural and man-made disasters. Topics include tornados, floods, nuclear accidents, etc. Explores lessons learned from the past and implications for current and future policies and disaster planning.
EH 581 Sample Syllabus

EH 582/GH 582 (2)

Global Climate Change:
Health Impacts and Response (Fall)

This course will explore the public health effects of global climate change, epidemiologic and other methods for understanding and studying these effects, the public health adaptation response, and health impacts of potential mitigation efforts and activities. The public health response will be discussed with particular focus on global health issues. The course will emphasize a practical approach to vulnerability and risk assessment, and students will develop skills assessing the risks of particular climate-related health impacts.
EH 582/GH 582 Sample Syllabus

EH 583/ENVS 385 (4)

Spatial Analysis in Disease Ecology (Spring)

Prerequisites: at least one GIS class (INFO 530 or ENVS 250); statistics is also recommended. This course explores patterns of health and disease in place and time, application of geospatial technologies and methods for epidemiology, analysis of time-space relations, clusters and diffusion of disease, and geographical epidemiology of selected infectious and noninfectious diseases.
EH 583/ENVS 385 Sample Syllabus

EH 584 (2)

Built Environment and Public Health (Fall)

This interdisciplinary course focuses on the increasing recognition that the design of communities can impact human health. Community designs that feature parks, sidewalks, trails, public transit, and connectivity among destinations can encourage physical activity, help prevent obesity and its associated health consequences, and reduce dependence on automobiles whose use contributes to air pollution, motor vehicle crashes, and pedestrian injuries. Increased attention to the health implications of the built environment has led to various innovative solutions, such as mixed-use Smart Growth developments, investments in bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure, and the use of health impact assessments to convey health information to community decision-makers.
EH 584 Sample Syllabus

EH 586 (2)

Advanced Seminar in Climate Change and Health (Spring)

Recommended prerequisite: EH 582/GH 582. This course builds on the introduction to climate change and health course (EOH/GH582), exploring the interaction of methodological and policy issues surrounding the public health effects of climate change. Methodological topics will include advanced modeling issues, epidemiologic methods, bias, remote sensing, issues of measurement error and uncertainty analysis. Meanwhile, policy discussions will emphasize how scientific evidence based on these methods is injected into policy debates. Topics will include issues of scientific consensus, objectivity, uncertainty and the ethics of scientist advocacy. The course will cover the impact of environmental change on the practice of environmental epidemiology; problems and opportunities in using models to project impacts; the necessity of, and strategies for, interdisciplinary work; strategic concerns in emerging areas of public health practice; challenges deriving policy on issues of great importance and cost; the role of health scientists in determining adaptation funding priorities, technology transfers and global treaties; and applied public health tools, including vulnerability assessments and health impact assessments. This course was last held spring 2012.
EH 586 Sample Syllabus

EH 587 (2)

Introduction to Satellite Remote Sending of the Environment and
its Applications to Public Health (Spring)

Explores basic principles behind satellite remote sensing; the terminology and instrumentation of satellite remote sensing and structure of satellite data; solid-surfave and atmospheric remote sensing techniques; case studies of application in public health and environmental science; and analysis of the spatial patterns of air pollution using satellite data.
EH 587 Sampls Syllabus

EH 590R / HLTH 485 (2)

Special Topics: Genome, Exposome, and Health (Spring)

This course is designed to introduce students to emerging concepts and approaches for understanding human health and disease. We anticipate that students are familiar with the state of knowledge of the human genome, but not so with the concept of the exposome. Each week will consist of a 50 minute lecture followed by 50 minutes of facilitated discussion (small and large group). A paper will be assigned for each lecture and must be read and reviewed prior to class.
EH 590R Sample Syllabus
EH 590R (1)

Special Topics: Initiation and Management of
Research Projects under
Constrained Conditions (Spring)

Students will learn critical aspects of managing research projects in resource-limited environments. Key topics covered include: local permits and ethical clearances, international transport of biological and environmental material, formalizing partnerships, introducing a project to relevant stakeholders, administrative management, recruitment of staff and terms and conditions for staff, staff security, quality assurance systems, and data sharing/authorships among partners. Learning will take place through role plays, student presentations, instructor case presentations, and group problem solving exercises. Short-course format, usually Thursday - Sunday in mid-February. This course has a satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading basis.
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EH 590R (1)

Special Topics: Foundations in Molecular Toxicology (Spring)

The goal of this course is to elaborate students’ understanding of the interaction between different environmental chemicals and specific organ systems of the human body, focusing on appreciation of the explicit cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie the toxicity. This knowledge will be supplemented through outside readings and class discussions that serve to support the students’ understanding of the material and provide them with a real world perspective of molecular toxicology.
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EH 590R (1) Special Topics: Foundations in Neurotoxicology (Spring)

This course is focused on understanding and evaluating the targets, molecular mechanisms, and physiological effects of specific environmental chemicals on the nervous system. This knowledge will be supplemented through outside readings and class discussions that serve to support the students’ understanding of the material and provide them with a real world perspective of neurotoxicology.
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EH 590R (1) Special Topics: Environmental Health Seminar: Sustainability (Fall)

Students will explore principles, policies and practices related to sustainability. The course will cover the general approach to sustainability from environmental, social and economic perspectives. Lectures will also cover specific sustainability-related topics, including energy, water, waste, transportation, food, buildings, greenspace, land use, community revitalization, behavior change,
purchasing, and curriculum development. The focus of our work together will be to analyze the role of the public health professional in shaping sustainability policy and furthering sustainability practices. This course has a satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading basis.
EH 590R Sample Syllabus

EH 590R (1)

Special Topics:Design, Delivery, and Assessment of WASH in Schools Programs (Spring)

This course is a collaboration between Emory University and UNICEF. The purpose of this course is to support applied learning on developing, executing, and evaluating sustainable and inclusive WASH in Schools interventions in collaboration with local, sub-national and national stakeholders. The course includes 10 online modules, live taught every other week and a final case study assignment. The course will support participants to identify areas of concern, advocate for improved WASH conditions, select appropriate behavior change and technology approaches, and monitor program outputs and outcomes. Course participants will include MPH students, UNICEF field officers, government stakeholders, and other sectoral stakeholders and is designed to ensure active participation and sharing of experience and information between participants. The course has been taught yearly since 2011 for partners and has had nearly 300 participants from over 70 countries. It is the first time the course will be offered to Emory students. A full syllabus can be found here: http://www.unicef.org/wash/schools/files/WinS_101_Distance_Learning_Course_Book_-_Part_I.pdf This course has a satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading basis.
EH 590R Sample Syllabus

EH 593R (1)

Data Analysis in Environmental Health (Spring)

This course provides a general review of analytic methods commonly used in the analysis of environmental health data with a specific emphasis of areas that will likely be useful to students in the analysis of their thesis or capstone research data. The course consists of lectures and interactive discussions focused on general topics in epidemiologic analyses but will also address specific analytic complexities often encountered in the analysis of environmental health-related data. Additional topics may be discussed based on the particular interests and research activities of the students. Pre-requisite: Students must bring thesis or capstone related data to the class.
EH 593R Sample Syllabus

EH 594 (2)

Capstone Seminar: Skills for Environmental Health Professionals (Spring)

This course provides a productive, supportive and critical environment for Environmental Health (EH) and Global Environmental Health (GEH) students who are completing a capstone project for their culminating experience. The course prepares them, using their capstone project as a platform, with skills and competencies needed for successful careers in environmental health. Students identify topics of interest, engage with scholars and literature on their topic, and through a series of written, poster and oral presentations, make an original, substantive contribution to the field. Environmental health skills gained during the EH and GEH programs are applied and integrated, including critical thinking on methodological and policy issues surrounding the topical issues presented; effective communication strategies for complex environmental health topics; and applying environmental health theory and principles to practical public health situations and professional practice.
EH 594 Sample Syllabus

EH 595 (0)


A practicum is a unique opportunity for graduate students to integrate and apply practical skills and training learned through course work and prior experiences in a professional public health environment. IN some cases, students can use a work study, graduate assistantship, or teaching assistant position structured to meet the practicum requirement. A practicum is a significant educational experience that requires 200 to 400 clock hours in a public health agency, institution, or community under the supervision of site administrators and the guidance of the student's department and/or Career Services. (Previously EH 595R.)

EH 596 (1)

Research Design in
Environmental Health (Fall)

Introduces basic concepts for conducting research in environmental health. Students enroll in their second fall. Students identify and/or refine potential culminating experience (thesis or capstone) project topics. Students will also review: criteria for selection of a project topic, objectivity in science, research design issues, human subjects requirements, and use of the literature. Students will develop, refine and apply their analytical and writing skills in the development of their culminating experience project summary, refine research questions, and formulate plans for data analysis (for thesis). Students will prepare and present their thesis or capstone proposals to departmental faculty for review, comment and approval.
EH 596 Sample Syllabus

EH 597R (VC)

Directed Study

Pursue a specialized course of study in an area of special interest. Complements rather than replaces or substitutes for course work. ADAP permission only.

EH 599R (4)


Enables students to apply the principles and methods learned in an academic setting through the preparation of a monograph that embodies original research in environmental or occupational health and incorporates a proposition that has been successfully evaluated with appropriate statistical techniques and is potentially publishable or has potential public health impact.

The following courses are for the Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) Doctoral curriculum. Master's students may enroll based on EH department permission and space availability.

EHS 600R (2)

Research Rotation
(Fall, spring)

EHS 610 (1)

Environmental Health
Sciences Seminar
(Fall, spring)

EHS 701 (1)

Translational Public Health Research (Fall)

This course focuses on how research in each discipline of public health may be disseminated and put into practice, contributing to the improvement of population health. This course also lays the foundation for students to move beyond disciplinary silos common to doctoral work and enrich their studies through multiple perspectives. In addition, students are asked to reflect on their personal translation of self to others as a leader in public health. This course prepares students to understand the language and approaches of several disciplines comprising the field of public health (in academia and practice), thereby fostering greater potential for collaboration and improvement in population health.
EHS 701 Sample Syllabus

EHS 710 (2)

Advanced Laboratory and Field Methods in Exposure Science (Fall)

Prerequisites: EH 540 or equivalent; EHS students; 2nd year masters students may enroll with instructor permission.
EHS 710 Sample Syllabus

EHS 747 / EPI 747 (2)

Advanced Environmental
Epidemiology (Fall)

Prerequisites: EPI 530, BIOS 500, and BIOS 501; EPI 534 is also preferred, or instructor's permission. Explores design and analysis issues specific to occupational and environmental epidemiology. Case studies representative of a variety of exposures, outcomes, and study designs are used to illustrate the application of epidemiological principles to the study of exposures occurring in the workplace and in the general environment. Former name: EH 537, Methods in Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology.
EHS 747 Sample Syllabus

EHS 750 (3)

The Environmental Determinants of Infectious Disease (Spring)

Prerequisites: none. This course takes a global perspective, exploring the diverse environmental phenomena that influence the transmission of infectious diseases. Complex dynamics, feedbacks and spatial flows inherent in the transmission of environmentally driven infectious diseases are examined, focusing on vector-borne diseases, tropical parasites and waterborne pathogens. The epidemiological significance of environmental processes are explored, including weather, climate extremes, hydrology, development projects, and land use change. Anthroponotic and zoonotic diseases of global significance are examined with respect to how environmental factors shape their distributions, intensity, environmental fate, transport, and persistence. The specific epidemiological consequences of climate change, dams, irrigation, agricultural intensification and de/reforestation are emphasized, and analytical tools for their study presented and critiqued, including methods for modeling coupled environmental-epidemiological systems. Former title: EH 585, Public Health Ecology: The Environmental Determinants of Infectious Disease.
EHS 750 Sample Syllabus

EHS 760 (2)

Advanced Risk Assessment (Spring)

Prerequisite: EH 524. Complements Risk Assessment I (EH 524) by educating and training students in the process of risk assessment, risk model selection, and use of toxicology and environmental informational databases in solution to risk assessment calculations and determinations. Former name: EH 525, Risk Assessment II.
EHS 760 Sample Syllabus

EHS 777R (2)

Problem Based Learning
in Environmental Health Sciences (Fall, spring)

This class is a problem-based learning approach to environmental contamination. You will be presented with a problem and asked to pursue a solution to it. Given the number of individuals in the class, we will look at two problems: 1) the impact of historical mercury emissions from Plant Branch in Eatonton, GA; and, 2) The associations between releases of benzene for the DSM facility in Augusta, GA and the occurrence of lymphoma in the surrounding community. Students will evaluate the health impacts and expected latency periods and use modeling to investigate areas of greatest impact.
EHS 777R Sample Syllabus

EHS 790R (1)

Research Design and Management (Fall, spring)

EHS 796R (VC)

Research Credits
(Fall, spring)

Students may be interested in taking courses that are not available at Emory through the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education (ARCHE) program. Some examples of opportunities are:

Courses at the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Civil Engineering
CE 4100 (3)

Environmental Engineering Systems

An introduction to the field of environmental engineering and issues associated with water, air, and land pollution. Includes current topics such as hazardous waste, risk assessment, ground-water contamination, global climate change, ozone depletion, acid deposition, and sustainable technologies.

CE 4110 (2)

Water Quality Engineering

Introduction to reclamation of water and wastewater for potable and industrial uses and groundwater remediation. Includes principles of physical, chemical, and biological treatment processes such as coagulation, sedimentation, softening, filtration, secondary biological treatment, and reactor design.

CE 4120 (2)

Hazardous Substance Engineering

A senior-level course providing an introduction to the technical aspects of hazardous waste and toxic substance management. Topics include legislation, exposure and risk assessment, procedures for conducting remedial investigation/feasibility studies, waste treatment methods, basics of solute transport, on-site treatment methods, landfill design, waste minimization, and recycle and reuse

CE 4130 (2)

Environmental Engineering Facilities Design

Focuses on design of facilities for water, wastewater, air quality, hazardous waste, and solid waste. Includes supervised design problems and inspection trips.

CEE 6311

Microbial Principles

Microbiological principles with emphasis on microbial nutrition and growth, inhibition and control of growth, biochemical thermodynamics, metabolic pathways, enzyme and microbial kinetics.

CEE 6312

Chemical Principles-EnvE

Fundamental principles of chemical equilibria and environmental organic chemistry in dilute aqueous systems with emphasis on chemical speciation and environmental engineering applications.

CEE 6313

Fate of Contaminants

Effects of physical, chemical, and biological processes on the fate and transport of contaminants in unsaturated and saturated porous media.

CEE 6330

Physicochemical Process

Theory and application of the physical and chemical processes of coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, softening, filtration, and disinfection in water and wastewater treatment.

CEE 6761

Contaminated Sed Geochem

Acquaints students with fate of major pollutants, nutrients, organic compounds, such as pesticides, PAHs, and trace metals in sedimentary systems.

CEE 6792

Air Pollution and Meteorology

Vertical temperature and wind structure, topographic effects, natural removal processes, atmospheric dispersion of stack effluents, air pollution climatology, meteorological management of air pollution.

CEE 6794

Atmos Chem Modeling

Application of modern numerical methods to the prediction of atmospheric chemical and physical compositions; specific applications using computer models developed by the students are included.

Courses at the Georgia Institute of Technology, College of Architecture, City Planning Program include:

CP 8823 Environmental Planning and Management This course exposes students to the role ecological principals may play in urban planning. Students learn about ecological structure and function and the principal technological and design-based tools currently employed in environmental management. The lab component of the course introduces students to a range of spatial analysis and remote sensing techniques.