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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 will equip students with the knowledge and critical skills to evaluate epidemiological evidence about environmental and occupational exposures and risks to health in order to make judgements about risks in their own contexts. The teaching material comprises lectures, case-studies, activities and readings.
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. Occupational inequalities in COVID-19 infection and mortality
12. Sun exposure and health
13. Volcanic activity and health
14. Occupational and environmental cancer, including mobile phones and brain cancer
15. Atmospheric emissions and environmental dispersal
16. Climate change and its effects on health
17. Citizen science and environmental epidemiology
18. The effects of exposure to pesticides, including residues from diet
19. Sustainable cities
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Course Start Date 05/08/2023
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 %
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 the impact of environmental and occupational factors in influencing health and how these issues are identified and characterised
  2. Obtain and critically evaluate evidence of hazards, exposures and risks
  3. Critically appraise the implementation of epidemiological studies in this context
  4. Demonstrate a critical awareness of how evidence leads to recommendations in policy and practice
  5. Communicate about hazards and risks, using appropriate methods, with a range of stakeholders
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Heli Johnston
Course secretaryMiss Lucy Courage
Tel: (0131 6)51 7111
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