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Dr. Bryan W. Brooks, Director
Environmental Health Science Program
One Bear Place #97266
Baylor Sciences Building, C416
Waco, Texas 76798
E: Bryan_Brooks@baylor.edu
T: (254) 710-6553

Environmental Chemistry

An introduction to the chemistry of soil, water, and air, and the sources, fate, and transport of environmental pollutants. Topics include applications of chemistry to remediation and waste minimization. Open to students with diverse backgrounds.


Environmental Law

Fundamentals of environmental protection laws in the United States, including the evolution of environmental law in the areas of case law, common law, and administrative law. Topics include air and water quality, toxic and hazardous substances, endangered species, and wetlands and coastal management issues.


Epidemiology/Vital Statistics

An introductory course for students in health sciences, community/public health and allied health fields. Provides foundational background including historical, key concepts and basic principles. Topics will include historical foundations, organizing epidemiological data, disease factors including

agents, hosts, food, foamites and environmental. Case studies will be utilized to understand vital statistics and practice using descriptive and analytical statistical tools. Epidemiological influences of past, current and future health policy will be examined.


Health Concepts and Competencies

History, philosophy, and ethics in the practice of health education. Development of skill in the seven areas of responsibility with emphasis on needs assessment, writing goals and objectives, and planning for effective health education programs in school and community settings.


Human Health Risk Assessment

Concepts, data sources, and methodologies used in the field of human risk assessment, including environmental hazard identification, dose-response assessment, exposure assessment, risk characterization, and risk communication. Required project utilizing professional risk assessment software.


Introduction to Environmental Health

Study of environmental hazards to the health of humans and other vertebrates, including pollution, radiation, wastes, urbanization, and climate change. Topics include epidemiology, risk assessment, infectious diseases, emerging contaminants, and regulation.


Introduction to Air Quality

Introduction to atmospheric chemistry, and transport and deposition of air pollutants. Topics include major sources of pollution, climate change, atmospheric regulation, and impacts on human health.


Fundamentals of Toxicology

Basic concepts of toxicology, including historical perspectives, the disposition and metabolism of toxic substances, pharmacokinetics, target organ toxicity, non-organ directed toxicity, toxic agents, industrial toxicology, forensic toxicology, environmental toxicology, toxicity testing techniques, and risk assessment.


Water Management

Interdisciplinary field of water management. Scientific, technical, institutional, economic, legal, and political aspects of water management.