Summer 2024 - HSCI 483 D100

Senior Seminar in Environmental Health (3)

Class Number: 2859

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 6 – Aug 2, 2024: Tue, 2:30–5:20 p.m.

  • 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.


This senior seminar course will provide an in-depth opportunity to explore a variety of contemporary environmental health challenges. Students will explore a variety of theoretical and applied perspectives within the broad field of environmental health, and be expected to apply them to a variety of environmental factors to enhance understanding of their implications for human health and well-being. Active student participation will be essential to student success in this course. Subject matter will be explored through a combination of experiential learning activities, lectures and readings, and individual and group assignments. Students will be expected to build competency in the analysis, critical interpretation, and synthesis of peer-reviewed evidence, and to gain experience presenting and facilitating discussion on complex environmental health issues. The final group project will provide students the opportunity to work collaboratively in small groups to explore an environmental health issue and associated intervention of relevance to the course.  


At the end of the course, students will be able to: 

  • Understand the history and trajectory of environmental health from a population and public health perspective
  • Describe a variety of environmental factors and their implications for the health of individuals and communities across time and geographic space
  • Communicate the direct and indirect pathways by which human health is impacted by environmental factors
  • Connect environmental health challenges with various solutions, and analyze those solutions in the context of available evidence


  • Participation 20%
  • Individual Reflections on Experiential Activities 20%
  • Small group in-class facilitation exercise 20%
  • 3-page Precis for Small Group Presentation 20%
  • Small Group Presentation 20%


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 or for permission to register in HSCI 483.



The instructor will provide all readings to students except the course text book which is available free online through the SFU library (see required reading below).


Frumkin H (editor). Environmental health: from global to local (3rd ed.). John Wiley & Sons; 2016.

Registrar Notes:


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