Emerging Challenges in health

Environment - Environment And Health

Environment And Health

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April 14th 2020 - June 23rd 2020
Nuno Neuparth (MD, PhD) , 
Fernando Santana (Eng, PhD)

APRIL and MAY courses POSTPONED due to COVID-19 containment plan.

New dates to be announced soon.

Many health problems are related to environmental conditions. For this reason, a better understanding about pollution, its effects on human health and the ways how it can be handled or minimised are of great importance in order to prevent diseases, improve the diagnosis and refine the treatment.

In this multidisciplinary course participants will learn fundamentals about the environmental system and the health-related conditions, increase their scientic understanding about these issues, and discuss future approaches to control the major environmental health problems in industrialised and developing countries. Topics include how the body reacts to environmental pollutants; physical, chemical, and biological agents’ contaminants; vectors for dissemination (air, water, soil); solid and hazardous waste; susceptible populations; biomarkers and risk analysis; the scientific basis for policy decisions; and emerging global environmental health problems. Teaching will include lectures, seminars and tutorials. Tutorials will be interactive using a case-based approach.
Masters in medicine, Graduates in health technologies, Graduates in environmental health, Masters in pharmaceutical sciences, Masters in environmental engineering, Masters in sanitary engineering, Masters in civil engineering, Masters in agronomic engineering (profile in landscaping), Masters in architecture
  1. To describe, and illustrate through case example(s), ways in which environmental factors in community, occupational and residential settings impact health;
  2. To list the major agencies and organizations involved in environmental health protection and explain their basic responsibilities, programs and problems;
  3. To explain the pertinent scientific principles associated with the major environmental health program areas;
  4. To explain, and illustrate through case example(s), how factors, such as community perceptions, public health law, traditions, socioeconomic conditions, politics and interpersonal communications, may influence the practice of environmental health;
  5. To describe the benefits and limitations of the various methodologies (such as regulation, education, impact statements and public funding) through which society attempts to minimize negative environmental health impacts;
  6. To examine personal contributions to environmental degradation and their potential health consequences;
  7. To analyse at least one environmental health topic for its impact on health and propose solutions based on what is known about the challenges/barriers;
  8. To build a research project application on the impact of environment on human health.
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