Spring 2022 - HSCI 483 D100

Senior Seminar in Environmental Health (3)

Class Number: 5808

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    BLU 11401, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    90 units, including HSCI 204 and HSCI 230 (or 330), with a minimum grade of C-.



An in-depth overview of environmental health, environmental risks and human activity in relation to environmental health in the context of disease prevention, surveillance and control.


There will be one 3-hour lecture session each week that will include in-class exercises and small group assignments to assist in assignment and exam preparation.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to a recent course number change from HSCI 304 to HSCI 204, students who have completed HSCI 304 will be eligible to enroll in HSCI 483. Please email fhs_advising@sfu.ca or undergrad_assistant@sfu.ca for permission to register in HSCI 483.


  • Interpret and summarize peer-reviewed journal articles in environmental health.
  • Identify the main environmental factors that affect the health of a community.
  • Describe the direct and indirect human and ecological effects of major environmental elements (e.g. Air, Water, Climate change).
  • Define and apply the concepts of risk and susceptibility to environmental agents, changes and/or stressors.
  • Evaluate the role of different social and psychological constructs in humans’ interactions with the environment.
  • Judge the connections between the different topics covered in class and how their interaction impacts human health.


  • Attendance and participation 15%
  • Article presentation 15%
  • Infographic 15%
  • Midterm exam 25%
  • Grant application proposal 15%
  • Study notes 15%



In addition to the required textbook, other required readings covering specific topics will be provided in electronic format on the course website.


Frumkin, H. (Ed.). (2016). Environmental Health: From Global to Local (3rd Ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.