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Postgraduate Course: Introduction to Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology (PUHR11066)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course provides an introduction to the study of how our environment, i.e. all aspects of our lives other than our genes, can affect health, and how we can modify our environment to improve health outcomes.
Course description The teaching material comprises lectures, case-studies, investigations and readings.

The first ten topics will be addressed in lectures and supplemental written material.

1. The environment and health
2. Exposure and the exposome: definition and measurement
3. Introduction to toxicology
4. Occupational and environmental epidemiology
5. Risk communication
6. Spatial epidemiology
7. Interventions to reduce risks to health from environmental exposures
8. Health impact assessment and public health policy
9. Heat stress and the impact of heat waves
10. Air pollution epidemiology

The remaining topics will be addressed through written material, directed reading, discussions and student investigations.

11. Coal workers and the impact of coal mining on local communities
12. Volcanic activity and health
13. Occupational and environmental cancer, including mobile phones and brain cancer, plus shift work and breast
14. Atmospheric emissions and environmental dispersal
15. Climate change and its effects on health
16. Citizen science and environmental epidemiology
17. The effects of exposure to pesticides, including residues from diet
18. Sustainable cities
19. Accident epidemiology
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Course Start Date 01/08/2016
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 5, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 1, Online Activities 35, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 5, Formative Assessment Hours 5, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 46 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %

Formal summative written assessment will constitute 60% of the student's grade. Online assessment will incorporate a variety of activities and will constitute 40% of the overall course grade and is taken to represent a formative assessment of learning throughout the programme.
Feedback Marks and individual feedback will be returned to student via Grademark.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of how associations between environmental factors and health can be investigated, how exposure to environmental factors can be estimated and be able to discuss the concepts behind the exposome.
  2. Describe the main environmental pathways through which people can be exposed to hazardous agents and the main mechanisms of toxicity of biological, chemical, and physical agents.
  3. Review and evaluate environmental and occupational epidemiology research articles.
  4. Design an epidemiological study to investigate possible associations between environmental exposures and health in a population.
  5. Critically evaluate interventions, including risk communications, designed to reduce ill-health from environmental or occupational exposures.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Niall Anderson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3212
Course secretaryMiss Sarah Gordon
Tel: (0131 6)51 7112
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