Environmental Health

(Course Code: 337KEY, Course outline)

Semester:  6 Teaching Credits:  3 ECTS Credits: 5 Type:

Optional Compulsory

Prerequisite Courses: Course type: Special background Instructor:  Olga-Ioanna Kalantzi

-Discuss basic concepts of environmental health and convey an understanding of their value and importance.

-Discuss and develop insight into the following terms and concepts as they relate to global environmental health: toxic chemicals, diseases, indoor pollution, occupational exposure, air, water and soil pollution, diet.

-Identify individual and human behaviours that hinder the well-being of environmental health globally.

-Familiarize with the legislation on occupational health and safety.

-Develop critical thinking skills on environmental issues.

Topics per Week:
  1. Introduction – the environment at risk Definition, significance of the environment for human health Historical background
  2. Environmental Measurements Basic statistical concepts
  3. Environmental Epidemiology Causality, study designs
  4. Assessing exposure to chemicals Biomonitoring
  5.  Environmental Toxicology Terminology, factors that affect responses to a toxic chemical
  6. Toxic metals and elements Sources and exposure to metals, toxicity\
  7. Pesticides and other organic chemicals Pesticides, PCBs, dioxins, solvents, plastics, household products
  8. Water quality Drinking water, pollution
  9. Air quality Sources, air quality standards, health effects
  10. Food safety Food hazards, microbial illness, food safety regulation
  11. Occupational Health History, agents of disease, prevention
  12. Seminar
Theory – Lectures
(hours / week)
Exercises – Laboratories
(hours / week)
Other Activities:  –
  • Class assignment – Powerpoint presentation (40%)
  • Class participation (20%)
  • Final exam (40%)
Notes: N/A
Basic Textbook: Essentials of Environmental Health, 2nd edition (2012), Robert Η. Friis
Bibliography:  Environmental Health: From Global to Local 3rd Edition (2016). Howard Frumkin


Internet Links:
  • http://www.who.int/en/ World Health Organization (WHO)
  • http://www.cdc.gov/ Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
  • http:// www.epa.gov/ Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • http://www.nih.gov/ National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • http:// www.osha.gov/ Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  • http://gr.osha.europa.eu/ European OSHA
  • http:// www.atsdr.cdc.gov Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
  • http://www.niehs.nih.gov/ National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
  • http://ec.europa.eu/environment/health/index_en.htm/ (European Environment and Health Homepage)