Spring 2022 - HSCI 204 D100

Perspectives on Human Health and the Environment (3)

Class Number: 5759

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 8:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    SSCB 9200, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 19, 2022
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    HSCI 100 or BISC 101, HSCI 130, all with a minimum grade of C-.



An overview of environmental hazards and their impacts on human health. Methodological approaches to their detection, assessment, management, and mitigation. Students with credit for HSCI 304 may not take this course for further credit.


This is an introductory course in the multidisciplinary field of environmental and occupational health. The course will begin by introducing the methods used to study environment-health relationships and to assess and manage environmental risks. The second portion of the course will focus on specific groups of common environmental and/or occupational pollutants and describe their characteristics, sources, routes of exposure, human health impacts, and control strategies.


Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

·   Define key terms and describe methods used in exposure assessment, toxicology, environmental/occupational epidemiology, and environmental risk assessment.
·   Identify common pollutants or groups of pollutants (e.g., pesticides) in various media (e.g., air, water) and describe the human health risks associated with each.
·   Interpret scientific research on environmental/occupational health.


  • Question Sets 25%
  • Midterm Exam 25%
  • Final Exam 30%
  • Exercises and activities 20%



Essentials of Environmental Health (3rd Ed.) Robert Friis
ISBN: 9781284026337

Registrar Notes:


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