Principles of Environmental Health – HLTH 505

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 10/27/2020

Course Description

The course is a study of environmental factors including biological, physical and chemical factors that affect the health of a community.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


Environmental health science is one of the five basic areas of knowledge needed to practice public health as defined by the Council on Education for Public Health. New environmental threats and concerns present their own danger to the ecology of the planet and to the health of the human inhabitants. Humanity’s God-ordained role as stewards is not to destroy, but rather to work and keep the earth (Genesis 1:28, 2:15). This course is designed to help prepare Christian students in public health take a leadership role in protecting the environment to safeguard human wellness.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe environmental risk assessment methods to determine threats and hazards to human health.
  2. Advocate for environmental health programs and policies through the public and private sectors.
  3. Apply biological principles to the development and implementation of disease and injury prevention efforts.
  4. Describe how biological, chemical, and physical agents affect human health.
  5. Describe international, federal and state regulatory programs, policies, guidelines and authorities that address environmental health issues.
  6. Discuss risk management and risk communication in relation to issues of environmental justice and equity.
  7. Apply systems thinking for resolving environmental health issues.
  8. Explain the interrelationship between environmental stewardship and health from the Christian worldview.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (8)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400–500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. Each thread must also contain at least 2 references in current AMA format. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200–250 words and must contain at least 1 reference in current AMA format.

Conservation Effort Presentation

The student will create a 5–10-slide PowerPoint presentation that synthesizes what he/she has learned from the conservation effort chosen as a part of the discussion boards. The student will attempt to convince a lay audience to adopt the chosen conservation effort.

Research Paper

The student will explore a current environmental issue as it relates to human health. He/she will write a 15-page research paper that includes a thorough discussion of the science behind the issue as well as the theory and possible policies for mitigation of the associated problems. This assignment will be submitted in 3 parts:

Topic Submission

The topic will be chosen from a list provided by the instructor and must be submitted. The student will submit his/her topic via a Discussion Board Forum.

Works Cited

A bibliography of at least 10 scholarly references must be submitted.

Final Draft

The final draft of the paper must be submitted via SafeAssign.

Quizzes (8)

The student will complete 8 quizzes covering the Textbook Readings for the modules/weeks in which they are assigned. Each quiz will consist of 15 multiple-choice and true/false questions per chapter covered. Each quiz will have a 1-hour time limit, except for Quiz 7 which will have a 1-hour and 30-minute time limit.