NAME Environmental Health Issues in Disasters
COURSE STARTS Open Enrollment
COURSE ENDS 7 weeks to complete from date of registration
COURSE DESCRIPTION This course takes a closer look at the fundamentals of environmental health through the lens of a disaster situation. Environmental health issues that arise during disasters are explored, and suggestions for environmental health responses unique to disasters are given. Several historical disaster examples are used, with a focus on Hurricane Katrina, the Indian Ocean tsunami and the World Trade Center collapse as the major case studies. Upon completion of this course, the student will be proficient in the knowledge, theory, planning and application of each of the following fields of environmental health before, during and after a disaster: Water quality, wastewater and sewage treatment, food safety, rodents and insects, debris and hazardous waste, indoor and outdoor air quality.