53122 Environmental Health & Pollution

Course Description

This course provides a complete introduction to the basic concepts of environmental health. Topics include:
Introduction of environmental health (Overview of environmental health, what is environment, what is health, the study how the environmental effect on human health such as air, food, water, & soil, besides sunlight, nose, Common environmental hazards that could affect health, Components of the Environment and their Effect on human Health- Biological; physical; Socio-cultural;, Economic; Political, 7 Core Concepts of Environmental Health)
Introduction of Occupational Health : a Multidisciplinary Field, Scope of occupational, Scope of occupational health, the purposes of industrial hygiene program, Occupational health and development, Magnitude of the problem/disease, Elements of the work environment, the worker, the tool, the work environment
Environmental pollution: Current State of the Environmental Health in Somalia, types of pollutants, Solid and Liquid Waste Management, water pollution, air pollution, soil pollution
Housing: types of housing, Criteria for an adequate house, Characteristics of adequate housing, Suitable Building Sites, Characteristics of poor housing, Community Involvement in Improving Housing, Sensitisation, Identifying ways of improvement and Evaluation of housing activities.

Learning Objective

  • By the end of the course, the students will be able to:
  • 1. Develop a basic understanding of environmental health and risk assessment and its role within the risk management process.
  • 2. Develop a basic understanding of how to assess impact of pollution such as air pollution, water pollution, soil pollution on environment and human health.
  • 3. Define the major types, sources, and environmental distribution of environmental agents.
  • 4. Describe how these agents interact with biological systems, and describe the mechanisms by which they exert adverse effects.
  • 5. Predict the nature of the agent’s adverse effects from its physical, chemical, or infectious properties, and how that may influence environmental or public health.
  • 6. Describe and use models for prediction of the magnitude of adverse effects in biological systems.
  • 7. Describe current legislation and regulation regarding environmental issues



Books for this Course

  • 1. Environmental Health & Pullation notes, Walid A. Osman (2014)
  • 2. AMREF notes on environmental health.
  • 3. World Health Organization. Basic Environmental Health, WHO, Oxford University, 2001 4. Purdom PW, Editor. Environmental health and edition, San Diego ,: Academic press, 1980

Times Offered

  • September 2015
  • January 2016

Course Prerequisite