Course Detail
Course Components:
Special Projects
Enrollment Information
Enrollment Requirement:
Prerequisite: Completion of third year of medical school.
Environmental exposures contribute substantially to the etiology of many common and complex human diseases. This course will examine relationships between chemical, physical, and biological agents in the environment and human disease. Critical aspects of environmental health relevant to trainees in medical disciplines will be discussed from both a basic science and clinical perspective. Topics of emphasis will include urban air pollution, environmental aspects of infectious disease, antibiotic resistance, heavy metal toxicology, radiation exposure, persistent organic pollutants, endocrine system-disrupting environmental chemicals, global climate change and health, environmental carcinogens, epigenetics, gene expression and disease, oxidative stress, environmental threats to children's health and preventive measures to reduce health risks from environmental exposures.