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PBHE526 - Public Health and Environment

Course Details

Course Code: PBHE526 Course ID: 3885 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

The study and analysis of a variety of environmental problems, issues, and exposures emphasizing the interrelationship between humans and the myriad environmental concerns.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
02/24/20 - 07/31/20 08/03/20 - 09/27/20 Summer 2020 Session I 8 Week session
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Evaluate global populations and fundamental principles of environmental health
  • Determine the influences climactic changes have on chronic and communicable diseases in our global society
  • Discern environmental factors that impact water supply as well as water, air, and soil quality
  • Analyze current legislative measures and policies drafted and implemented to protect and rejuvenate global environmental resources
  • Examine the historical significance of OSHA and other environmental safety agencies
  • Compare and contrast current innovations in water and waste management to determine their potential impact on public health outcomes
  • Prioritize resources to effectively and efficiently address current challenges in the field of environmental health
  • Strategize administrative, political, and educational resolutions to current environmental health concerns


Please join the forums each week. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of each week will not be graded. The forums are for student interaction and input should be submitted before the week ends in order to fully participate in the discussions. Students should demonstrate their own knowledge in the forums and avoid copying and pasting from websites.


Initial Response:

  • Initial responses should have substance where students explores, explains, expands upon issues being discussed, and applies relevant course materials.
  • Initial responses should be very clear and contain relevant information that is understood and is incorporated into postings.
  • Students should analyzes course concepts, theories or materials correctly, using examples or supporting evidence.
  • Initial responses should be supported by at least two references.
  • Initial responses are due no later than 11:55 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Day 3 of each week. This allows time for other students to respond to your initial response.
  • Please be aware that just “cutting and pasting” sections of articles (in lieu of writing an original initial post) is not acceptable and will negatively impact your grade.

Peer Responses:

  • Students are required to respond to at least two (2) other student’s initial postings (and the instructor) with significant comments that have substance.
  • Students should collaborate with fellow learners, relating the discussion to course concepts, add several innovative ideas, and provide considerable additional insight that relates to core concepts.
  • Peer responses should include at least two (2) of the following components: Offering advice; posing a question; providing an alternative point-of-view; and acknowledging similar experiences.
  • Peer responses should be supported by at least one reference.
  • Peer responses are due no later than 11:55 p.m. ET on Sunday, Day 7 of each week.
  • Peer responses should be engaging and informative with good substance (just stating “I agree…” is not acceptable). Your responses should contribute in a meaningful way to helping advance our knowledge of the topics the class explores. Your responses to another’s work should be posted as a sub-thread to the student’s original posting of whom you are commenting.
  • For all Forum activity, students are encouraged to use the APUS Online Library to search for references that help support their argument. The Forum provides an opportunity for everyone to analyze work from many different perspectives.

    Late Forum posts receive a 10% per day late penalty. If your 2 peer responses are posted after the week is ended (after Day 7, Sunday) they receive a zero, in that the discussion is over and you cannot receive credit for participation in a discussion with others after the discussion week has closed.

    Please refer to the Forum Rubric for additional requirements and details.

NameGrade %
Forums 25.00 %
Introductions 0.49 %
Week 2: Air and Water Quality 4.90 %
Week 3: Environmental Toxicology, toxic metals and chemicals 4.90 %
Week 4: Food safety, pesticides, and radiation 4.90 %
Week 5: Built environment and waste management 4.90 %
Week 7: Selected environmental health topics 4.90 %
Quizzes 45.00 %
Week 1 quiz 6.43 %
Week 2 quiz 6.43 %
Week 3 quiz 6.43 %
Week 4 quiz 6.43 %
Week 5 Quiz 6.43 %
Week 6 Quiz 6.43 %
Week 7 quiz 6.43 %
Assignments 10.00 %
Week 6: Advocate for an Environmental Policy 10.00 %
Final Exam 20.00 %
Final Exam Test 20.00 %

Required Course Textbook:

All resources are open access and available through eReserves.

Book Title:Various resources from the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.