ENVR 230:  Environmental Health Issues       Instructor:  Dr. L.M. Ball

          Call No.  93259        Section 001              Tuesday-Thursday, 9:30-10:45 AM            Room 2306 McGavran-Greenberg

Description:  This course examines key events that have shaped our understanding of the impacts of environmental agents on human health, and uses them to introduce basic concepts in environmental health.


Textbook:  None.  Readings will be assigned from websites and scientific literature.

5 Grading Opportunities, all equally weighed:
                                   3 In-class Tests
                                   1 Presentation
                                   1 Final Examination
TOPICS FOR DEBATE 2009
Syllabus:

Date
Topic
Reference Material
Tues
Aug 25
 Introduction: contemporary health issues Environmental Health
 Thurs Aug 27  The major players in environmental health:  International
http://www.un.org/
http://www.unep.org/
http://www.who.int/en/
http://www.fao.org/
 Tues Sept 01  The major players in environmental health: National

The FDA
www.fda.gov;
www.epa.gov ;  www.cpsc.gov;
 www.neha.org ;  www.niehs.nih.gov
  
Thurs Sept 03
 Local issues
http://www.co.durham.nc.us/departments/phth/Environmental_Health.html
http://www.ncpublichealth.com
http://www.dhhs.state.nc.us
http://www.deh.enr.state.nc.us
Tues Sep 08 The beginnings of public health:
John Graunt,

Edwin Chadwick,
John Snow.
US Mortality 2002
John Graunt - the first biostatistician
http://www.ac.wwu.edu/~stephan/Graunt/graunt.html
Edwin Chadwick - sanitary reformer
http://www.victorianweb.org/history/chadwick2.html
John Snow - Epidemiologist ?  Sanitarian ?
http://www.ph.ucla.edu/epi/snow.html ;
http://www.ph.ucla.edu/epi/snow/broadstreetpump.html
Thurs Sep 10  
The plagues of today
http://www.state.nj.us/health/chs/19002000.pdf
Typhoid Fever: http://history1900s.about.com/od/1900s/a/typhoidmary.htm
http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/communicable_diseases/en/typh.htm
Cholera:  Sack et al., 2004 ;  Lipp et al., 2002
Plague: http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/plague.htm
  http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5534a4.htm
Tues Sep 15  Our Chemical Content
http://www.cdc.gov/exposurereport/
Thurs Sep 17  Lead and other metals Lead powerpoint
Needleman, 2000

http://www.nimd.go.jp/english/
Tues Sep 22
 In-class test Covering Aug 25th - Sept 10th
Test from 2006
Test from 2007         Test from 2008
Thurs Sep 24  Air pollution http://www.docheritage.state.pa.us/documents/donora.asp
www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/Rachel_Carson/donora.htm ;
LondonSmogGraph
LondonSmog1952
LondonSmogBBC1
LondonSmogBBC
Brown Cloud
Scientific Literature: Hexter and Goldsmith, 1971 ; Lave and Seskin, 1970 ; Goldsmith and Breslow, 1959 ; Amdur, et al., 1952
www.epa.govClean Air Act
Tues Sep 29
Thurs Oct 01
Tues Oct 06 Occupational diseases Alice Hamilton:
www.chicagotribute.org/Markers/HullHouse.htm
http://www.chemheritage.org/classroom/chemach/environment/hamilton.html
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/changingthefaceofmedicine/physicians/biography_137.html
http://acswebcontent.acs.org/landmarks/landmarks/hamilton/ham2.html

Occupational protection:
www.dol.gov
www.osha.gov
www.cdc.gov/niosh/
Akpinar-Elsi et al., 2005
Thurs Oct 08
Tues Oct 13
Industrial accidents: Seveso, Times Beach, Bhopal, Chernobyl

Seveso
http://www.unu.edu/unupress/unupbooks/uu21le/uu21le09.htm ;
Times Beach

http://www.bhopal.com/; http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/bhopal/default.stm ; http://www.ibiblio.org/expo/soviet.exhibit/chernobyl.html; http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/chernobyl/inf07.html:
http://www.kiddofspeed.com/default.htm
Fire at EQ, Apex
Settlement 1, 2, 3


Thurs Oct 15
Tues Oct 20 Water
Cuyahoga;
www.epa.gov
Clean Water Act
http://www.epa.gov/region5/water/cwa.htm
http://www.epa.gov/beaches/
Safe Drinking Water Act
http://www.owasa.org/
http://www.cleanwaterfund.org/
Thomasville Sewage Spill 1, 2
Thurs Oct 22  Fall break  
Tues Oct 27 Food additives, Food Processing http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/list.html
Powerpoint ; http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/supplmnt.html
Thurs Oct 29  Love Canal
and Superfund
http://ublib.buffalo.edu/libraries/projects/lovecanal/ ; http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/lcanal/lctimbmb.htm ; http://www.epa.gov/history/topics/lovecanal/ ; http://www.cnn.com/US/9808/07/love.canal/
http://www.epa.gov/superfund/; http://www.nj.gov/dep/srp/superfund/ ;
Tues Nov 03  
In-class Test
Covering  Sept 15th to Oct 20th
2006 Test           2008 Test
2007 Test  
Thurs Nov 05  Urbanization Kirsten Cooper, Asa Mair, Brian Cooper
Urbanization presentation
Tues Nov 10 Current Food Industry in America

Sara Mishamandani, Meghan Childs, and Hannah Spring
Food Industry in America

Thurs Nov 12 An Assignment
http://deadlinescotland.wordpress.com/2009/09/27/10036-1889/

Is the country healthier than the town? Rufus S. Tucker, National Municipal Review
Volume 12 Issue 6, Pages 291 - 293(2007) DOI
10.1002/ncr.4110120605
Link to Tucker article

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/515189_4

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17698272

http://www.popline.org/docs/1761/319627.html

http://www.unescap.org/esid/psis/population/popheadline/312/art7.asp
Tues Nov 17 Health Aspects of Nuclear Wastes

Vanessa Matos (Intro). Craig Shaver, Abhinav Komandur
Presentation:  Nuclear Power Basics

Nuclear waste:  Not a problem

Cell phones 1
Cell phones 2

Thurs Nov 19
Nanobiotechnology

Paul Hyatt (Intro), Matt Jernigan, Suzanne Michalak
Presentation
Tues Nov 24 Mountaintop removal
Amelia Cline, Ashley Tsang and Leah Vance

Presentation
Thurs Nov 26
THANKSGIVING

Tues Dec 01
Environmental health and chronic disease
Susan Dixon (Intro), Elizabeth
Garrard (Against), Justine Scharff (For)
Chronic Diseases Presentation
Thurs Dec 03
PCBs,  Hazardous Waste Disposal and Environmental Justice Janki:  Water.  http://prezi.com/pcc_bgqkaidb/

Powerpoint
http://www.wastenotnc.org/WarrenCo_Fact_Sheet.htm ; http://www.ejrc.cau.edu/warren%20county%20rdb.htm
http://www.scorecard.org/env-releases/land/
Tues Dec 08 In-class test


Covering Oct 21 to Nov 13
2006 Test          2008 Test
2007 Test


Powerpoint
http://www.wastenotnc.org/WarrenCo_Fact_Sheet.htm ; http://www.ejrc.cau.edu/warren%20county%20rdb.htm
http://www.scorecard.org/env-releases/land/
Thur Dec 17 08:00 am Final Examination  2006 Final
2007 Final
2008 Final