EES1135H Environmental Change and Human Health

The didactic portion of this course will take a holistic approach to the issue of environmental change and human health. Environmental change and human health issues are often complex and require a holistic approach where the lines between different disciplines (e.g., natural, physical, health, and social sciences) are often obscured. Environmental change, as defined in this course, includes the biophysical and built (social, cultural, political) settings. Human health is broadly defined to include the concept of wellbeing. Case studies will be used to introduce students to topics, such as: toxicants (e.g., “heavy” metals; persistent organic pollutants); toxins (e.g., botulinum); diabetes; infectious diseases (e.g., West Nile Virus), and oral health. Concepts introduced in these case studies – such as, the etiology of disease - will provide the foundation for the hands-on portion of the course. In this part of the course, students will learn how to write a CV (Curriculum Vitae) and complete a Canadian Institutes of Health Research, open operating grant proposal (or similar grant proposal with permission of the instructor). Students will learn about the different elements of a grant proposal required for success, while honing their researching, writing, and presenting skills. Students will also increase their content knowledge about the environmental health issue they have chosen for the grant proposal.

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