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See below for a list of courses taught by our Nature, Health, and Built Environment team. Many classes are also available online! We invite you to browse the titles below and click through to Harvard University's course catalog for more information. 

Analytical Methods and Exposure Assessment (EH263)

This course examines studies that measure environmental exposure to chemical and biological contaminants, specifically looking at issues associated with the design and execution of such studies.  We explore topics such as implementation of quality control/quality assurance programs; data analysis; protocols for sampling air, water, sediments, and soil for contaminants of concern; and analytical techniques used to measure chemical and biological constituents in the laboratory.  

Gary Adamkiewicz PhDProgram Leader, Healthy Cities, Center for Health and the Global Environment
Jaime Hart ScD, PhDInstructor in Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Introduction to Sustainable Buildings and Communities (ENVR E-119)

Our built environment has a substantial impact on energy and material use and is a critical determinant of health, comfort, and productivity for occupants. The physical sustainability of the buildings in which we live and work dictates that we address the limits to basic material resources (including the lifecycle impacts from product use) and energy availability as well as to waste and water discharge and exposure to unhealthy building materials. This course introduces students to the principles of sustainable building and their community context.

Linda Powers Tomasso ALM, Project Associate, Center for Health and the Global Environment
Emil Cuevas-Melendez MS, Project Manager, Green Building Services, Harvard University
Heather Henriksen MPA, Director of the Office for Sustainability, Harvard University

Environmental Management (ENVR E-101)

This course surveys the scientific principles of environmental issues and environmental management practices, with attention to the health of humans and the ecosystem. We examine fundamental and emerging topics related to air and water pollution, water use and management, aquatic ecosystems, energy and climate change, biodiversity, toxic substances in the environment, solid waste management, and regulatory strategies for risk assessment and environmental management.  

John D. Spengler PhD, Director, Center for Health and the Global Environment;
Joseph Allen PhD, Director, Healthy Buildings Program, Center for Health and the Global Environment
George D. Buckley MS, Assistant Director of the Sustainability and Environmental Management Program, Harvard Extension School

The Impact of Buildings (IH252-01)

It is well-known and oft-repeated in environmental health circles that we spend 90% of time indoors. Because this constitutes the vast majority of our exposure time, and concentrations of many indoor pollutants are actually higher indoors than outdoors, it follows logically that indoor environments influence our health. Buildings have the potential for both positive and negative impacts on this indoor exposure, and can mitigate the burden of outdoor pollutants indoors.This class will cover basic principles of high performance building design, construction and operation, and impacts on indoor environmental quality, including chemical exposures, light, noise and thermal comfort.

Joseph Allen PhD, Director, Healthy Buildings Program, Center for Health and the Global Environment

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