Build your proficiency with state-of-the-art tools that help you to understand and evaluate the toxicology and health effects of environmental hazards and the risks associated with exposure. This certificate is STEM approved. Please visit the ISSO website for details.
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What You Will Learn
Upon graduation, students will be able to:
- Collect and analyze environmental data and articulate the characteristics of major chemical, physical, and biological hazards.
- Interpret measured or modeled concentrations or doses of hazards compared with risk-based and non-risk-based criteria and guidelines.
- Evaluate the influence of susceptibility based on a hazards’ biological mode of action, and vulnerability on health risks for major environmental determinants of human disease.
- Identify defensible intervention and prevention strategies to improve health through reduction in exposures to environmental hazards.
- Critically assess articles related to environmental impacts on health, analyzing the strength and validity of the hypothesis, study design and methods, results, conclusions, and public health significance of primary research studies.
Sample Course Titles
- Methods in Environmental Health Sciences
- Toxicology for Public Health
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Public Health
- Risk Assessment Methods
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- Research Assistant—obesity study, Boston University School of Public Health
- Investigated health risks associated with artificial turf fields and playgrounds at Boston University School of Public Health
- Examined PCB concentrations in New Bedford Harbor Quahogs for Human Risk Implications, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Integrative Learning Experience
The ILE will involve writing a policy memo for a defined stakeholder group. The student will work on a case study either based on a case from a project-based class (e.g., Exposure Assessment, Risk Assessment) or an idea developed independently, in either case approved by the certificate director.
Certificate Director: Wendy Heiger-Bernays