Environment & Health Courses

Course Code Course Title Description
ENV 4001H Seminars in Environment & Health There is a pressing need to study the complex relationships between the environment and human health, especially as we are increasingly challenged by environmental health issues. This course introduces students to various issues related to environment and health in providing an academic environment of inquiry and dialogue in which academics and graduate students from various disciplines can exchange ideas, information and insights. The aim is to expose the students to the many ways that issues related to the environment and health are framed, examined, discussed and engaged. The course will stimulate students to reflect on this diverse discussion and to integrate their work into a broader context and perspective. Students will have the opportunity to explore linkages between environmental factors and health issues as these intersect with environmental and health policy, standards and guidelines; biological impacts; psychosocial factors; economic factors; and ethical and legal issues.
ENV 1703H Water Resources Management Renewable freshwater resources at both the global and local levels are likely to become increasingly more scarce, partly due to population growth; increasing demands for energy and food; and climate change and partly due to poor management and wasteful use, particularly in farming. This course focuses on water management and policy in the context of expected water scarcity with special emphasis on science-based policies for sustainable aquatic ecosystems and interdisciplinary discourse. Special topics include water resources management in (a) megacities in developed and developing countries (e.g. Greater Toronto and Beijing),(b) small islands, particularly tourism-intensive economies, (c) Canadian water issues (e.g. Great Lakes and the Alberta tar sands).
ENV 1704H Environmental Risk Analysis and Management This course introduces the principles of environmental toxicology and risk assessment. Study of the basic principles of toxicology, including routes of exposure, dose response, and target organ effects from exposure to environmental toxicants will be covered. The course presents the quantitative methods used to assess the human and ecological health risks associated with exposure to toxicants, focusing on the four major components of risk assessment - hazard identification, dose-response assessment, exposure assessment, and risk characterization. Risk communication and public consultation will also be addressed. The course will include an overview of Canadian regulations and policies and their impact on the practical realties facing practitioners, policy makers and stakeholders. We will explore risk assessment issues related to exposure to contaminated sites, air quality and projects undergoing environmental assessment. The intent is to make this course hands on and practical so that you are able to participate as a team member conducting human health and ecological risk assessment upon its completion. The course will be based on actual undertakings of Canadian risk assessment projects.
ENV 3000H Special Topics: Environment and Health Special Reading Course. Before registering for this course, students will write a proposal to the School of the Environment's Coordinator of Graduate Studies, including the name of the instructor who has agreed to supervise this course.
ENV 4002H Environment and Health of Vulnerable Populations The seminar will introduce students to a wide range of topics and issues as they relate to the environment and health of vulnerable populations. Through readings and discussion, students will explore the potential health effects of exposures in children and other vulnerable populations to a variety of chemical and physical agents in both the indoor and outdoor environments. A number of case studies or topics will be examined to exemplify why certain populations may be especially vulnerable to various environmental hazards. Topics for discussion will be chosen to demonstrate the wide range of potential human health effects due to chemical and other exposures. Policy instruments and tools in place to protect the health of vulnerable populations, as well as issues related to equity and justice, will be critically examined.
Joint and Cross Listed Courses Joint and Cross-Listed Courses

Joint and Cross-Listed Courses with the School of the Environment

Earth Sciences
ESS 1463H Contaminants in the Environment

Dalla Lana School of Public Health
CHL 5112H Community Development in Health
CHL 5126H Building Community Resilience (online course)
CHL 5413H Public Health Sanitation
CHL 5416H Environmental Epidemiology
CHL 5903H Environmental Health
CHL 5910H Occupational and Environmental Hygiene I
CHL 5911H Occupational and Environmental Hygiene II
CHL 5916H Environmental Health Policy
CHL 7001H Directed Reading: Ecological Public Health
CHL 8001H Special Topics: Planetary Health

Civil Engineering
CIV 1399H Special Studies in Civil Engineering - Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Global Health

Geography/Environmental Studies
JGE 1212H Fate of Contaminants in the Environment

Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry/Environmental Studies

JNC 2503H Environmental Pathways

Pharmacology/Environmental Studies
JNP 1014Y Interdisciplinary Toxicology
JNP 1016H Graduate Seminar in Toxicology

Geography and Planning
JPG 1421H Health in Urban Environments

Adult Education and Community Development
LHA 1837H Environmental Health, Transformative Higher Education and Policy Changes
LHA 1197H The Pedagogy of Food