About PH 304 OL1

Explores major areas of environmental public health (EPH), including environmental hazards, exposures, and related health outcomes, including emerging topics in environmental public health.


Open to Graduate-level Public Health students only; All other students require instructor permission; Must submit the request at http://go.uvm.edu/ph Students will be notified if permission is granted before classes begin; Contact student Advisor, Vika Pleshakova at vpleshak@uvm.edu with any questions. Asynchronous online

Section Description

Environmental public health is the study of environmental agents and settings that can affect human health. This course will explore major areas of environmental public health including environmental hazards, exposures, and related human health outcomes from a local, regional, and global perspective. It will also include an overview of major scientific fields used in environmental public health, epidemiology, and methods of environmental health practice. Through short assignments, students will practice skills used in environmental health, including scientific article review, persuasive and informative written communication skills, creating data briefs, and questionnaire development and piloting. NOTE: This course is part of a pilot program that will be using Brightspace, UVM's new learning platform that's replacing Blackboard. Since only a limited number of courses will be piloting Brightspace this coming semester, you are still likely to have courses in Blackboard as well. For more information on Brightspace: go.uvm.edu/brightspace-pilot

Section Expectation

Students will be expected to participate in all aspects of the course, including the required readings, lectures, and videos. Active engagement in the online discussion forum (YellowDig) is required and access to Blackboard, Yellowdig, and Microsoft Word is necessary. The required textbook is: Howard Frumkin's "Environmental Health: From Global to Local, 3rd Edition" (ISBN 978-1118984765) and can be purchased through the UVM bookstore.


Evaluation is based on the following: Assigned YellowDig Discussion Posts throughout the semester (22.5%), 4 Journal Entries (7.5%), 5 Assignments (50%), and Weekly Quizzes (20%).

Course Dates



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