PHPM 515 Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology

Instructor(s): William E. Morton, MD, DrPH

Course Description This course will apply the epidemiologic method to health problems of environmental and occupational origin. Attention will be devoted to the special requirements and limitations of data analyses for small areas, for truncated workforce population groups, and to the "ecological fallacy." Geographic area correlations will be used to study the health effects of drinking-water constituents, air pollutants, soil constituents, and hazardous wastes. Occupational and industrial correlations will be used to study solvent neurotoxicity, cancer risks, bad reproductive outcome risks, and musculoskeletal disorder incidences. Other topics will include socioeconomic status indices, indoor air pollutant risks, lead poisoning risks at home and at work, and radiation exposure cohorts. Various study design methods will be illustrated and critiqued. Applications to risk assessment will be made.

Credits 3
Term Offered Fall
Prerequisite N/A