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Protecting the Public from Air Pollution

Course Number
5900 (Occupational & Environmental Health)
Course Instructor(s)
Jeffrey R. Brook, Jeremy Alexander Scott, Bruce Urch

Course Description

This course will focus on air pollution in the context of understanding and managing its impact on public health. Air pollution will be considered from the local to global scale. Specific principles to be covered include: sources and emission of air pollutants, the physical and chemical characteristics of air pollution, methods used to monitor ambient air pollutant levels and understand actual individual and population exposure; the impacts of air pollution on human health and; the practice of setting ambient air quality standards and also informing people in order to benefit public health through reduction in exposure. Lectures on selected topics will be given by experts representing academic, medical, government and industry.

Course Objectives

  1. Understand basic principles regarding the production, atmospheric behaviour and public health impacts of air pollution from the local to the global perspective and from toxicology to epidemiology.
  2. To provide the learner with the theoretical and applied knowledge of air pollution monitoring and application of monitoring data.
  3. Put into perspective the role of risk assessment in air pollution and policy development.

Methods of Assessment

Presentations (2) 20%
Written Assignments (3) 40%
Final Exam 30%
Participation 10%

General Requirements

It is assumed that students have knowledge of statistics, chemistry, biochemistry, biology and human physiology. Students deficient in these areas may be required to do additional reading.