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2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ENVSCI 613 - Oceans and Human Health

3 Credit(s)

Over the last ten years, there has been a growing realization among both natural and social scientists that the oceans affect human health, and humans affect ocean health. Because of the complex and varied interactions between the oceans and humans, this new field is necessarily interdisciplinary, spanning the entire gamut from oceanography, toxicology, biological, physical, chemical and medical sciences, through engineering, epidemiology and public health, and on the social sciences, economics, and environmental policy and management. This course aims to introduce student sto the evolving interdisciplinary field of “oceans and Human Health.” Lectures will provide background information on human health, the physical environment, and oceanographic processes, presented through a case study approach that will demonstrate the inter-relationships among these three factors. The course will include such current topics as the impacts of global climate change, endocrine disruptors, harmful algal blooms (HSBs), toxic dinoflagellates, waterborne and foodborne diseases, and the importance of natural products from the ocean. Impacts (to both humans and the ocean) and remedies will be emphasized.