Fall 2020 - HSCI 845 G100

Environmental and Occupational Health (3)

Class Number: 6345

Delivery Method: Distance Education


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM



Globalization and industrialization impacts on the health of the environment, populations, and workers. Environmental hazards in consumables (food, air, and water) and waste (liquid, solid, and gaseous) with special reference to hazardous waste. Risk assessment in community, workplace, and residential settings. A case studies approach.


This is a graduate level overview of the multidisciplinary field of environmental and occupational health. We will cover a broad spectrum of environmental and work hazards, their interactions with human health and susceptibility, and their relevance to the effective maintenance and promotion of public health. The course will be delivered asynchronously online through video lectures, exercises, and discussions.


Students will gain general familiarity with fundamental principles and general areas of knowledge that are important to the broad field of environmental and occupational health (EOH) and the approaches used to anticipate, recognize, assess, and prevent or manage environmental health hazards and their associated health risks. This course aims to expose students to numerous EOH issues and to encourage critical thinking and reflection on these issues as well as what we can do about them. Finally, this course aims to inspire interest in the role of the environment in promoting and maintaining the health of populations across the world.  


  • Assignments and exercises 50%
  • Small Group Project 20%
  • Midterm Exam 30%



Required Readings: All required readings will be provided electronically on Canvas.


Supplementary texts:  Frumkin H. Environmental Health: From Global to Local. 3rd Ed. John Wiley & Sons. 2016. 

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges 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. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).