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Courses - Spring 2020
MIEH
Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health
MIEH300
A Public Health Perspective: Introduction to Environmental Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in CHEM131 and CHEM132; and must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in SPHL100 or PHSC300.
Restriction: Must have earned a minimum of 60 credits.
Credit only granted for: SPHL498N or MIEH300.
Formerly: SPHL498N.
Environmental health is that branch of public health that deals with the human health effects of exposure to chemical, physical, and biological agents in the community, workplace, and home. Activities within Environmental Health Sciences are associated with recognizing, assessing, understanding, and mitigating the impacts of chemical, physical, and biological agents as well as understanding how human behavior and action impacts the environment. This course focuses on the central concepts, principles, issues, and applications of the essential scientific components and strategies of control of major environmental health problems.
MIEH309
(Perm Req)
Environmental Health Research
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
MIEH321
Environmental Determinants of Emerging Infectious Diseases
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Examines the influences of environmental factors, economic development, migration, and land use changes on emergence and reemergence of infectious diseases. Explores how population growth, development, and climate change impact natural reservoirs of infectious diseases and how they are transmitted through human populations. Includes historical accounts, newly emerging and reemerging diseases.
MIEH331
The Built Environment, Sustainability, and Public Health: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in MIEH300; or permission of instructor.
Credit only granted for: MIEH215 or MIEH331.
Formerly: MIEH215.
Provides students with a fundamental understanding of theory, concepts, and issues related to the built environment; how the built environment influences behaviors and health outcomes; and opportunities to improve the built environment through planning, zoning, and community development initiatives that can make communities healthier, just, and more sustainable.
MIEH400
Introduction to Global Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
GenEd: DVUP
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in MIEH300; and 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (SPHL100, PHSC300).
Restriction: Must be in the Public Health Science program or must have permission of the program director; and must have completed 60 credits.
Credit only granted for: MIEH400 or SPHL498A.
Formerly: SPHL498A.
Exploration of theoretical frameworks and practical perspectives on issues shaping the global health panorama. Determinants examined through: biological and epidemiological; social, cultural and economic; environmental and geographic; multi-section, legal and institutional perspectives with synopsis of how these issues are addressed by international and community organizations in developing countries.
MIEH609
Methods in Environmental Health
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
MIEH610
Global Health Program Planning and Evaluation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Recommended: MIEH605.
Credit only granted for: MIEH610, SPHL610 or SPHL698D.
Formerly: SPHL698D and SPHL610.
Development of health program and evaluation plans to address critical health problems in international settings, especially transitional or in-conflict countries. Emphasis on linking a tactical program plan to overall health problems of a nation, to include the policy and economic issues involved in assessment, implementation and evaluation.
MIEH688
Seminar in the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health: Current Topics in Environmental Health
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: S-F
MIEH690
(Perm Req)
UMD Global STEWARDS: Experiential Exploration of Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS)
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Restriction: Permission of instructor.
Experiential introduction to broad food, energy, water (FEW) nexus topics, focusing on how integration across the biological, physical, social, behavioral, computer and engineering sciences will be critical in solving FEW systems challenges. FEW nexus issues from molecular to societal levels and from local to global scales will be covered. Course meetings will include active learning-based lectures, field trips, hands-on activities, student-led discussions, guest lectures and case studies focused on domestic and international FEW challenges.
MIEH698D
Special Topics in Environmental Health; Introduction to Systems Science in Population Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Prerequisites: Minimum grade of B- in SPHL602/EPIB610 or permission of instructor.

Many public health interventions fall short of their goals because they are developed in piecemeal fashion rather than comprehensively and from a whole-system perspective. Systems science frameworks have been presented as an approach to improve the practice of public health by focusing on component parts of a system in the context of relationships with each other and other systems. The goal of this course is to advance all students' systems science capacity, enabling them to become better consumers of literature and collaborators on interdisciplinary systems science teams. Students will develop their ability to identify and describe the underlying mechanisms of persistent and emerging public health problems such as the opioid epidemic, envrionmental injustices and infectious disease outbreaks using systems frameworks. Instructional methods for this course include lectures, readings, in-class exercises, class participation, oral presentations, and writing assignments. This course will also use AnyLogic (Personal Learning Edition), a free modeling software program, to examine the dynamics of underlying system causal structures and feedbacks.
MIEH699
UMD Global STEWARDS: Seminal Findings, and Research and Policy in Progress at the Food, Energy, Water Nexus
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: S-F, Aud
MIEH720
Principles of Toxicology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Prerequisite: MIEH600; or permission of instructor.
Recommended: Must have completed some coursework in chemistry and/or biology.
Overview of toxicology, including exposure pathways, toxicokinetics, dermal toxicants, carcinogens, and genetic, reproductive, immuno-, nuero-, target organs, complex mixtures, structure-activity analysis, and determinants of hypo- and hyper-susceptibility. Case studies of global national and regional interest.
MIEH736
Antimicrobial Resistance and Me: Understanding the Science and Adapting Behavior to Preserve Human Health
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
Cross-listed with: NFSC736, ENST736.
Improving one's understanding of AMR mechanisms and risks is the first step toward contributing to mitigation of AMR-related risks for human health more broadly. This course is intended to empower participants to identify ways in which AMR impacts their own life, recognize individual behaviors that may contribute to AMR proliferation, and take action to mitigate their contributions to and risks associated with AMR. This course will deliver webinars by educators and researchers throughout the U.S. discussing their AMR-related research and educational activities with emphasis on describing the impacts of work relative to the audience. Participants will be expected to attend live webinar broadcasts and participate in discussion with the speakers and other participants. Students taking the seminar course will also have access to shared resources and forums to further their exploration and engagement with course topics.
Class will meet January 28th through March 5th; and March 31st.
MIEH771
Exposure Assessment of Environmental Hazards
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Prerequisite: MIEH600; and must have completed a graduate level statistics course with a B- or higher. Or permission of instructor.
Approaches and methods for determining exposure to environmental contaminants. Biomonitoring and genetic methods to detect recent exposures. Optimizing exposure assessment.
MIEH785
(Perm Req)
Internship in Public Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Restriction: Permission of SPHL-Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health.
Credit only granted for: MIEH785 or MIEH778.
Internship and seminar providing an opportunity to apply previously acquired knowledge and skills in a health or allied health organization. Setting of the internship will depend upon the student's background and career goals.
MIEH786
Capstone Project in Public Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Prerequisite: Permission of SPHL-Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health.
Capstone experience provding opportunity to apply knowledge and skills to a specific public health problem or issue. Completion of project relevant to public health under the direction of an advisor.
MIEH788
Critical Readings in Environmental Health
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
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MIEH789
(Perm Req)
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
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MIEH799
(Perm Req)
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: S-F
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MIEH898
(Perm Req)
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
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MIEH899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: S-F
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