Work Environment

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19.500 Analytical Context of the Work Environment Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3542
Status Active

An overview course to be taken in the first semester in the Master's program. Case studies are used to introduce students first to the hazard analysis methods, and second, to the prevention methods of each of the department's sub-disciplines. Interconnections between exposures and illness/accident development are reviewed at three levels: individual, work organization and society.

19.503 Toxicology and Health Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3545
Status Active

Examines the effects of the major and chemical physical hazards in the modern work environment. Presents principles of toxicology as well as the toxicology of heavy metals, organic solvents, pesticides, harmful dusts, asphyxiants. Mechanisms of the effects on human physiologic systems are described along with the physiologic effects of ionizing radiation, heat stress, noise and repetitive trauma.

19.505 Qualitative Research Methods Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3547
Status Active

This course explores and examines non-quantitative methodologies in the social sciences and political economy. The course will discuss hypothesis generation, survey design, research problem design, case studies, ethnographic methods, participatory research methods, content analysis, interviewing techniques and key informant interviews. Doctoral students in work environment policy are particularly urged to take this course. The course will be offered in collaboration with the Department of Regional Economic and Social Development as course 57.592.

19.506 Introduction to Environmental Health Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 30821
Status Active

This course will survey the rapidly growing field of environmental health through an introduction to the links between environmental stressors and impacts on public health. The course will explore human and industrial activities that impact on environmental health such as population, food production, air and water pollution, waste, the built environment, toxic substances, pests, and global climate change. The course will also examine the types of diseases and illnesses that result from environmental impacts. Students will be encouraged to examine in greater detail a specific topic in environmental health of personal interest.

19.507 Environmental Health in Practice Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 32049
Status Active

Through a combination of class lectures, field trips, and a service learning project, this course is designed to introduce students to the daily reponsiblities of an environmental health professional. The class will provide indepth knowledge and hands-on understanding of topics such as food safety, indoor air quality, water quality, waste water disinfection, and chemicals management. Through lectures and guest speakers students will understand the challenges facing environmental health professionals and the resources available to them. Students will undertake a final group project for a health board or other organization.

19.508 Principles and Practices of Biological Safety Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 35700
Status Active

This course is designed to provide an overview of hazard recognition, evaluation and control of potentially hazardous biological materials. This introduction to the field will cover the potential risks of working with biological materials, the use of engineering, work practices and administrative measures for hazard control and regulations governing the area of biosafety. Requires working knowledge of Microbiology, and permission of Instructor.

19.514 Aerosol Science Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3553
Status Active

Basic properties of airborne particles, with particular regard to properties important to health. Includes basic properties of gas-borne particles, uniform particle motion, particle collection mechanisms, filtration, particle sampling, respiratory deposition, particle statistics, electrical properties, and optical properties. Course includes lectures and laboratory.

19.516 Laboratory Environmental Health and Safety Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 35347
Status Active

This course is designed to provide an overview of hazard recognition, evaluation and control in laboratory environments. This introduction to the field will cover the potential risks of working with chemicals, radioactive materials, animals and biological materials. It will also introduce the use of engineering, workpractices and administrative measures for hazard control and regulations governing the area of laboratory safety.

19.520 Climate Change: Science, Communication, and Solutions Credits: 4

Course Details
Min Credits 4
Max Credits 4
Course ID 36712
Status Active

Climate change offers one of the greatest challenges yet faced by society and scientists. The scientific consensus is clear that climate change is occurring, its pace is accelerating, its impacts on human society will be largely negative, and it is largely caused by anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, despite strong scientific evidence for the enormous challenges that society may face, scientists' attempts to disseminate that evidence beyond their peers have not yet been successful. Indeed in today's media world of blogs, YouTube video clips, and sound-bites, confusion over the scientific reality of climate change frequently dominates the discourse in classrooms and communities. This course will provide students with the tools and knowledge that they need to develop their own well-informed view of climate change. Because climate change is both impacted by humans and will increasingly impact society, this course takes a cross-disciplinary approach, integrating science, policy solutions, and media literacy as they relate to climate change.

19.521 Introduction to Industrial Hygiene Credits: 2

Course Details
Min Credits 2
Max Credits 2
Course ID 3558
Status Active

19.523 Introduction To Ergonomics Credits: 2

Course Details
Min Credits 2
Max Credits 2
Course ID 3559
Status Active

19.525 Industrial Hygiene and Ergonomics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3560
Status Active

A survey course covering introductory topics in ergonomics and industrial hygiene. Ergonomics topics include work measurement, anthropometry, biomechanics, psychosocial stress and work reorganization, special emphasis is placed on the recognition and control of work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Industrial hygiene topics will cover the identification, measurement, and control of chemical and physical hazards in the work environment including principles of air sampling and analysis, ventilation and other control technologies, and the use of personal protective equipment with special attention to respiratory and hearing protection.

19.531 Occupation Biomechanics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3562
Status Active

The anatomical and physiological basis of human motor capabilities. Quantitative models are developed to explain muscle strength performance, motion control, physical fatigue, and acute and chronic musculoskeletal trauma, particularly static link models of lifting and other manual activities. Application to the evaluation and design of various tasks and occupations.

19.532 Occupational Biomechanics Laboratory Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3563
Status Active

A laboratory presentation of the biomechanical basis for understanding and predicting human motor capabilities using bioinstrumentation. Computerized data acquisition, electromyography and load cells for strength measurement are examples of the equipment used in this lab. Particular emphasis is placed on the evaluation of occupational activities.

19.533 Intervention Research Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37513
Status Active

This course will address the design and conduct of intervention studies to reduce occupational and environmental risk factors for injury, illness or disability. Intervention studies may examine any of a range of dependent variables, at the individual or organizational level, such as change in exposure, health endpoint (s), cost of workers' compensation claims, etc. Each student will select an occupational or environmental health problem and identify and justify an appropriate intervention approach. Selected scientific articles will be evaluated with respect to study design and methodologic issues. We will also consider how to evaluate scientific findings in terms of their implications for policy-setting.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 19.575 Introduction to Biostatistics and Epidemiology or Other introductory course on epidemiology or research methods, such as: 32.604, 33.704, 34.612, or 47.512.

19.540 Occupational Safety Engineering Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3565
Status Active

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the principles of safety hazards in the work environment. This course is primarily designed to emphasize the safety aspects of the hazards at work. It begins with the historical development of occupational safety and health and progressively examines the fundamentals of recognition, measurement, evaluation, and control of occupational safety hazards.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 19.525 Ind Hygiene & Ergonomics, or Instructor permission.

19.542 Human Factors Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3567
Status Active

The functional processes of human systems in the workplace that affect psychosocial health and productivity. Review of associations between work design principles and effects on human well-being, learning, and performance. Human perceptive, cognitive, metabolic, and social-psychologic limitations. Human-machine interactions affecting "stress" and learning at the level of individuals and of groups. Introduction to "healthy" job redesign, "conducive production", and measurement strategies. Principles applied through practical design problems.

19.545 Chemicals and Health Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 36702
Status Active

Provides a broad overview of how the design, manufacture, use and disposal of chemicals and chemical products affect health and ecosystems. Provides an in-depth overview of how chemicals are monitored in the environment (including biomonitoring), how their risks are characterized, and the prevention of chemical risks through safer chemical design.

19.550 Environmental Law Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 1265
Status Active

The large body of law, which has developed since the early 1960's, is examined in considerable detail. Federal laws relating to the environment, particularly with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health Acts. State and local laws and ordinances are discussed where pertinent.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Students with a CSCE or UGRD career need permission to take Graduate Level Courses.

19.551 Work Environment Policy Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3571
Status Active

19.555 Comparative Enviormental Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3574
Status Active

Human social and productive activities often harm the natural environment. Environmentally related health problems will become more prominent and put additional stress on industrial, as well as transitional and developing nations. A sustainable world is one that provides not only for environmental viability but also economic health, social justice and political participation. This course is designed to explore the dynamics and interactions of social, economic and political factors that aid or impede a community's ability to contribute to global environmental sustainability. The course will be offered in collaboration with the Department of Regional Economic and Social Development as course 57.518.

19.556 Analyzing Peace Violence and War Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 30331
Status Active

This course examines the political, and social factors that cause violence and war, together with the possibilities for peaceful citizen action and constructive solutions to violence and conflicts. Different arenas of conflict are discussed, ranging from workplaces, families and communities, to nations, to the world.

19.557 Toxic Use Reduction Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3575
Status Active

Toxic Use Reduction (TUR) is a new approach to hazardous waste management and environmental protection. Rather than addressing chemical contamination as waste (after its generation), to be managed through permits and emission regulations, TUR focuses on chemicals while still in production. In Massachusetts, firms are required to prepare plans demonstrating how they will reduce or eliminate the use of toxic chemicals. The course is organized as a set of discussions and case studies from the real-life program.

19.559 Conflict Resolution Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3577
Status Active

This course gives students an understanding of the main issues and solutions involved in community level conflict resolution; e.g., in neighborhoods, workplaces, and other institutions. It develops students' skills in practicing conflict resolution and/or evaluating programs in the field of dispute resolution.It is important to understand why conflict happens and how to resolve conflict.

19.575 Introduction Biostatistics and Epidemiology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3584
Status Active

Provides an introduction to the principal quantitative methods for assessments of the work environment. Topics include: probability theory, the normal distribution, Gaussian statistics, linear regression, epidemiologic study designs, causal inference in epidemiology, bias, and confounding.

19.577 Biostatics for Health Data Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3586
Status Active

This is a practical course in biostatistical methods for health research. Emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of the use and interpretation of standard biostatistical methods. Topics include probability and sampling distributions, regression and ANOVA, methods for analyzing rates and proportions, power and sample size calculations. Students will gain experience in using a statistical software package to apply and expand their data analysis skills.

19.579 Disability Outcomes and Interventions Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3587
Status Active

This course will address the epidemiology of disability outcomes through a mix of didactic presentation and critical discussion of the literature, covering both observational and intervention studies. Qualitative research methods will also be highlighted in terms of how they can enrich the study hypotheses, construct measures, etc. The first half of the course will cover observational studies of individual and environmental risk factors for disability outcomes, including features of both the workplace and the community. Then we will describe the key design features of clinical trials to evaluate interventions, again at both the individual and the organizational levels. Interspersed with lecture material, selected observational and intervention studies from the peer-reviewed scientific literature will be evaluated with respect to study design, methodologic rigor, and adequacy of statistical analysis.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 34.510 or any research methods course, such as 19.575, or equivalent.

19.591 Co-Op Internship CPT Credits: 0-1

Course Details
Min Credits 0
Max Credits 1
Course ID 38407
Status Active

Practical training course for students to perform CPT.

19.598 Thesis Review Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 35547
Status Active

19.600 Work Environment Capstone Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3590
Status Active

This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to examine an interdisciplinary problem in depth and propose a solution to the problem. The product will be a term paper and a public presentation of the proposed approach. Students will work with a faculty member (usually the academic advisor) to serve as a consultant to the process of developing a solution, although the faculty member's role will be to provide guidance and general advice, not detailed directions. A Capstone Report may be designed as an extension of the Research Project.

19.601 Work Environment Capstone Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3591
Status Active

This 3.0 credit course (19.600 and 19.601) is designed to provide students with the opportunity to examine an interdisciplinary problem in depth and propose a solution to the problem. The product will be a term paper and a public presentation of the proposed approach. Students will work with a faculty member (usually the academic advisor) to serve as a consultant to the process of developing a solution, although the faculty member's role will be to provide guidance and general advice, not detailed directions. A Capstone Report may be designed as an extension of the Research Project.

19.605 Advanced Research Methods in Work Environment Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 39087
Status Active

A doctoral seminar focused on developing research skills needed for advancing understanding of the causes of health and safety hazards in the work environment as well as their solutions. The seminar is organized as a series of three modules of roughly one month each. The topics will vary each semester depending on the research fields of the students enrolled as well as the expertise of the participating faculty members. The goal is to provide, for several important current topics, depth in theory, background literature, stat of the art measurement tools and methods at an advanced level appropriate to students undertaking independent research. All doctoral students are required to take two semesters of this seminar for a total of six modules.

19.609 Work in Progress Seminar Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 39088
Status Active

This seminar course provides a forum for doctoral students (and advanced master's students) to discuss their research with their peers and the faculty in a supportive interdisciplinary community. Doctoral trainees from all Work Environment fields are required to present their work in progress to their peers. Although all doctoral students must register for this seminar for credit in one semester during their career, they are expected to attend and present regularly while they are in the research and writing phase of their doctorate.

19.610 Exposure Assessment Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3592
Status Active

Concepts of quantification of occupational exposures (chemical and physical hazards) for purpose of correlating health effects with exposures. Topics discussed include reasons for conducting exposure assessment, sampling methods, sampling strategies (for epidemiology, compliance, control), and statistical considerations. Principles are illustrated through a series of case studies.

19.611 Physical Properties of Aerosols Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3593
Status Active

A seminar covering aspects of aerosol science not discussed in 19.514 but necessary for the completion of research projects involving aerosols. Topics covered include the electrical, thermal, and optical properties of aerosols, particle agglomeration, evaporation and condensation, and the generation and measurement of test aerosols. Course will consist of lectures and laboratory sessions.

19.612 Exposure Data Analysis Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3594
Status Active

An advanced seminar covering statistical considerations for exposure sampling and data analysis. Topics include sampling data distributions; the effects of averaging time, autocorrelation, multiple task jobs and limit of detection samples on the sampling distribution; the use of linear models to examine between and within worker variability in exposure; the determination of homogeneous exposure groups; the development of multiple regression models to predict exposure levels and evaluate exposure determinants; and methods of model development, interpretation and validation.

19.613 Design and Evaluation Of Ventilation Systems Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3595
Status Active

A seminar intended for students pursuing research involving industrial ventilation system design and evaluation. It covers material not included in 19.518, such as recent theoretical models which describe system performance, design of systems for high-temperature operation, trouble-shooting techniques, and advanced instrumentation techniques. Course consists of lectures and laboratory sessions.

19.614 Evaluation of Work Environment Hazards Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3596
Status Active

This course provides the work environment professional with a systematic method of evaluating chemical, ergonomics and work organizational hazards in the field. Formal walk around inspections are conducted and formal reports are prepared. Sampling strategies and statistical considerations in the quantification of occupational exposures are covered. The health risks and control of physical hazards (noise and vibration) in the work environment are a major focus of this course.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 19.525 Ind Hygiene & Ergonomics, or Instructor permission.

19.615 Solutions for Work Environment Hazards Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3597
Status Active

Techniques for controlling exposure to airborne contaminants. Basic controls include substitution, ventilation, isolation, administrative controls, and personal protective equipment. Special focus is placed on Toxic Use Reduction (TUR) and Pollution Prevention strategies.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 19.525 Ind Hygiene & Ergonomics, 19.500 Analytical Context of Work Env; or Instructor permission.

19.616 Exposure and Risk Assessment Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 34949
Status Active

This course covers quantitative and qualitative approaches to the development of sampling strategies. Statistical considerations in the quantification of occupational exposures are covered. Assessment of dermal exposures and the use of biomarkers for exposure assessment are also a focus of this class. An introduction to the methods of risk assessment will also be covered.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 19.525 Ind Hygiene & Ergonomics, 19.575 Intro Biostat & Epidem,19.503 Toxicology & Health; or Instructor permission.

19.618 Risk Management and Training Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 34950
Status Active

This course will introduce models of health and safety management with a focus on communication with management and employees. Development of effective worker training programs will be covered. The methods and policy implications of quantitative risk analysis and assessment will be introduced and cases discussed.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 19.500 Analytical Context of Work Env; 19.503 Toxicology & Health ,19.525 Ind Hygiene & Ergonomics or Instructor permission.

19.619 Measurement of Chemical Exposure Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3599
Status Active

Basic properties of airborne particles, with particular regard to properties important to health. Sampling and analysis methods used in the evaluation of occupational exposures to aerosols, gases, vapors. Direct reading instrumentation, calibration and data processing. Integrated sampling methods and chemical analysis of organic and inorganic compounds will be covered in class and lab.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 19.525 Ind Hygiene & Ergonomics, 19.575 Intro Biostat & Epidem ; UGRD Organic Chemistry; or Instructor permission.

19.620 Advanced Exposure Assesment Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3600
Status Active

An advanced seminar covering exposure assessment for studies of acute and chronic respiratory disease, pharmacologic modeling for exposure assessment and the design of models to evaluate the role of production process factors in determining workplace airborne exposures. The course assumes a prior background in epidemiology and biostatistics as well as industrial hygiene and toxicology.

19.621 Nanomaterials: Exposure, Health and Safety Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 34722
Status Active

This course presents a comprehensive overview of environmental health and safety issues of nanotechnology, with focus on biologically based exposure assessment and control. Methods based on biology, toxicology, and knowledge of disease mechanisms are presented for identifying and quantifying nanoscale materials exposures found in occupational/environmental setting and consumer products and for designing exposure assessments for the study of health effects. This course is needed to fill a gap in the current curriculum offerings and to assist the various researchers in understanding possible risks associated with diverse nanotechnologies. The course will include introductory lectures, paper critiques, and laboratory sessions.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 19.503 Toxicology and Health and 19.514 Aerosol Science.

19.622 Biomarkers in Occupations and Environment Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 30332
Status Active

19.623 Skin Exposure to Chemicals Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 34723
Status Active

This new course, the only of its kind in the occupational & environmental hygiene program in the country, will discuss the significance of occupational environmental and household skin exposure to chemicals, skin exposure assessment and regulatory aspects. The course will address important topics, such as physiology and metabolism of normal skin, skin absorption of a variety of chemicals, including solids and nanomaterials, factors affecting skin permeation, permeability of compromised skin barrier integrity, skin sampling methods, skin-lung interactions and prevention of skin exposure, through a mix of didactic presentations and critical discussion of the scientific peer-reviewed literature. Each session will start with a presentation on the topic, followed by guided discussions of realistic, but provocative, scenarios. As laboratory space and instrumentation becomes available in the near future, a laboratory component will be added to the course to emphasize major sampling techniques and illustrate/visualize skin permeation of chemicals.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 19.610 Exposure Assessment, 19.503 Toxicology and Health.

19.630 Research Design for Ergonomics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3602
Status Active

Procedures for conducting research on ergonomics (human factors, biomechanics, etc.). Experimental design alternatives, field research, survey research, considerations of data collection and reduction, sequential design procedures, and ethical use of human subjects.

19.632 Advanced Biomechanics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3603
Status Active

A course in advanced biomechanical modeling methods, covering three dimensional static models, optimization methods and dynamic models. Special emphasis will be placed on biomechanical models of the hand. Time will also be dedicated to reviewing current developments in the scientific literature.

19.638 Methods In Work Analysis Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3606
Status Active

Criteria for selection of an approach to ergonomic job analysis depend on the combination of exposures (micro- and macro-level ergonomic stressors) observed to be present as well as the analytical goal. Many ergonomic analysis techniques are based on traditional industrial engineering approaches (time-motion study and work sampling), applied to the identification and evaluation of potential risks to workers' health. A variety of methods, both observational and instrumentational, will be discussed; laboratory sessions will permit hands-on application of several of these for critical evaluation.

19.640 Macroergonomics: A comprehensive approach to Job and Organizational Design Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 35457
Status Active

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the Macroergonomics field. Macroergoniomics, also known as the third generation of ergonomics, is a top-down sociotechnical systems approach to the design of organizations, work systems, and jobs. The goal of macroergonomics is a fully harmonized work system at both the macro- and micro-ergonomic level which results in improved productivity, job satisfaction, health and safety, and employee commitment.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 19.525 Industrial Hygiene & Ergonomics.

19.643 Health Work Organization Design Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3608
Status Active

Rationales for prevention; determinant of job change feasibility, classic and alternative work organization theories, alternative productivity conceptions, health and growth assessment strategies, conducive work processes, work-group based re-design processes, communicative and network-oriented processes, organization-level change process, product redesign, occupational and political strategic issues.

19.651 Work Environment Policy Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3612
Status Active

This course provides an overview of occupational safety and health policy in the U.S. It focuses on the legal context, especially on OSHA, but also provides an analytical framework for examining the role of social, economic and political factors in the recognition and control of occupational hazards.

19.654 Work, Technology and Training Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3614
Status Active

This course examines the broader issues of the impact of technology on the work environment and on workers. Topics include technology and craft work, Taylorism and the development of mass production methods, labor in the "factory of the future", skill-based automation, shop floor programming, and other issues in technology policy. The course is offered in collaboration with the Department of Regional Economic and Social Development as 57.503.

19.655 Introduction to Environmental and Natural Resource Economics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3615
Status Active

This course introduces students to the economic and policy aspects of environmental quality and natural resource issues. The course also incorporates relevant work-environment related issues. Simple and complex models are used to blend economic theory with environmental facts. Students will learn to derive policy insights form theoretical constructs. The primary objective is to show how the basic principles in economics can play a valuable role in analyzing and evaluating critical environmental issues and help in determining policy guidelines. Standard benefit cost of efficiency criteria will be applied to a wide variety of environmental, work-environment and natural resource problems. In attempting to do so we shall also emphasize how difficult it is to model actual environmental problems in the real world, We shall draw upon the basic tools of environmental and health economics to discuss current policy issues and questions that policy makers confront in practice. Graduate students in work environment will be required to do an economic analysis of an occupational health and safety intervention.

19.658 Clean Product Design Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3618
Status Active

This advanced seminar will provide an introduction to clean product design and management which includes the use of lifecycle thinking, eco-design concepts, materials analysis, inherent product safety, recycling and reuse, produce take back, and design for the environment. As background, the seminar will cover renewable resources, bio-based materials and green chemistry solutions and conclude with a consideration of new forms of sustainable consumption.

19.659 Cleaner Production Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3619
Status Active

This course will explore the rapidly expanding developments in cleaner production methods and policies. The course will focus on new directions in environmentally conscious manufacturing and product design in Europe. The subject will cover topics ranging from European demonstration projects, environmental auditing, cleaner technology assessment, eco-efficiency models, water and energy conservation, sustainable product design, eco-design and life cycle assessment, product take-back and extended product life, full cost accounting, industrial ecology, environmental management systems and ISO 14000. Special emphasis will be given to new information data sources and an introduction to new cleaner production methods software.

19.675 Introduction to Manuscript Writing Credits: 1.5

Course Details
Min Credits 1.5
Max Credits 1.5
Course ID 35633
Status Active

This seminar will cover the basics of how to structure and write an article for a peer-reviewed journal. Participants will bring at least one article from their own field that can serve as a model, as well as a sample of their own writing (can be a course paper or other draft manuscript). Both peer and instructor feedback will help to inform revisions of the draft.

19.676 Introduction to Proposal Writing Credits: 1.5

Course Details
Min Credits 1.5
Max Credits 1.5
Course ID 35634
Status Active

This seminar will cover the basics of how to write a thesis proposal or grant application. Participants will bring at an idea for a project and, if possible, an outline or draft of a proposal to be developed further with peer and instructor feedback.

19.678 Occupational Respiratory Disease Epidemiology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3625
Status Active

Advanced course on the methods and content of research on occupational respiratory disease with focus on the appropriate use of spirometry, symptom questionnaires, and chest radiography in cross sectional and longitudinal studies. Reviews pathophysiology, prevalence, latency considerations and diagnosis of both acute and chronic respiratory disease caused or exacerbated by work. Special attention is devoted to the impact of the healthy worker selection effect in respiratory epidemiology studies.

19.679 Psychiatric Diseases and Work Credits: 1.5

Course Details
Min Credits 1.5
Max Credits 1.5
Course ID 34724
Status Active

This course will explore the relationships between mental health and psychiatric diseases and working life. Both the impacts of mental illness on work, as well as the effects of work and the work environment on mental health will be covered. By the end of the semester, students will understand: basic psychiatric terminology, and the different psychiatric syndromes in relation to their clinical symptomatology and long term prognoses; how to assess those syndromes using epidemiologic screening tools;p and the current state of the art on the impact of working conditions on mental diseases and mental health, and the impact of these on working life.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 19.575 Intro Biostat & Epidemiology.

19.680 Introduction To SAS Credits: 0-1

Course Details
Min Credits 0
Max Credits 1
Course ID 3626
Status Active

This course is designed for researchers who will be doing data analysis using SAS. No prior programming experience is necessary, though familiarity with and general experience in use of a PC (DOS and Windows) is required. The course covers topics including: basics of SAS, reading raw data and existing SAS data sets, modifying data, combining data sets, basic statistical procedures, sorting, summarizing, and printing data. .

19.682 Applied Epidemiology Methods Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3628
Status Active

A second level course in modern epidemiologic methods. This course is designed for those planning to work in public health or healthcare. Emphasis is placed on the design and conduct of field studies. Students read the current literature, and learn the particular methods and difficulties of conducting epidemiologic studies in the work environment. Major topics covered include: casual inference in epidemiology, point and interval estimation for cohort and case control studies, exposure assessment for epidemiology, control of confounding, cross-sectional and longitudinal study designs.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 19.575 Intro Biostat & Epidemiology.

19.683 Risk Assessment Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3629
Status Active

This course will review both the methods and policy implications of risk assessment in the development of occupational and environmental standards. Students will conduct risk assessments on real problems, and study important cases in which these methods have been used in setting public policy.

19.684 Musculoskeletal Epidemiology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3630
Status Active

An advanced course on methods and content of research on work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Reviews pathophysiology, diagnosis, prevalence, latency and surveillance issues. The key literature is examined with attention to study design, quality of exposure assessment, control of bias and adequacy of statistical analysis. .

19.687 Quantitative Models Environmental Health Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3633
Status Active

In this seminar readings, discussion, group work and computer exercises are used to gain an understanding of how certain kinds of quantitative models work. Emphasis is placed on the underlying assumptions of these models, and on gaining an intuitive understanding of the most common modeling procedures. The types of models covered will be those most important to current research and policy in environmental health, including ordinary least squares, the method of maximum likelihood, Monte Carlo simulation, and systems of ordinary difference equations. There will be a diverse set of readings, frequent computer exercises to be worked either individually or in groups, and a final project. Facility with Excel or an analogous spreadsheet program will be assumed. .

19.688 Research Synthesis Environmental Health Policy Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3634
Status Active

Introduces students to methods used to synthesize, evaluate, and present environmental, epidemiologic, and other scientific data for environmental health policy. Through presentation of a variety of existing methods, case studies, guest lectures, and group projects, students will develop an understanding of the complexities and issues involved in evaluating and synthesizing scientific information for public policy. The course will examine methods for using both quantitative and qualitative research findings.

19.689 Advanced Regression Modeling Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 30857
Status Active

This course will cover introductions to several different regression methods used in epidemiology to model exposure-response relationships. Topics include general linear models, logistic regression, mixed models, generalized linear models, generalized linear models, generalized linear mixed models, principal component analysis (factor analysis,) and survival models. Students should have working familiarity with SPSS.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 19.575 Intro Biostats/Epidemiology, 19.577 Biostatics for Health Data or equivalent or Permission of Instructor.

19.690 Critical Review Health Regulations Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3635
Status Active

Course designed to explore the practical applications of epidemiologic methods to the setting of actual standards. Students gain experience in distinguishing minor from major design and analysis flaws. Course is presented as a seminar with four case studies and problem analysis.

19.701 IndependentStudy: Industrial Hygiene Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3638
Status Active

Advanced topics in industrial hygiene, exposure assessment or exposure control not offered in the regular curriculum. Topics may vary from year to year.

19.702 Independent Study: Industrial Hygiene Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 3639
Status Active

Advanced topics in industrial hygiene, exposure assessment or exposure control not offered in the regular curriculum. Topics may vary from year to year.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Students with a CSCE or UGRD career need permission to take Graduate Level Courses.

19.704 Independent Study: Ergonomics Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 3641
Status Active

Advanced topics in biomechanics, work physiology, occupational safety or human factors not covered in the regular curriculum. Content may vary from year to year.

19.708 Independent Study: Epidemiology Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 3644
Status Active

Advanced topics in occupational epidemiology, design and confounding, exposure-response modeling, or surveillance not covered in the regular curriculum. Content may vary from year to year.

19.709 Independent Studies: Occupational Epidemiology Credits: 1.5

Course Details
Min Credits 1.5
Max Credits 1.5
Course ID 3645
Status Active

Advanced topics in occupational epidemiology, design and confounding, exposure-response modeling, or surveillance not covered in the regular curriculum. Content may vary from year to year.

19.711 Independent Study: Industrial Hygiene Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3647
Status Active

Advanced topics in industrial hygiene, exposure assessment or exposure control not offered in the regular curriculum. Topics may vary from year to year.

19.712 Independent Study: Industrial Hygiene Credits: 2

Course Details
Min Credits 2
Max Credits 2
Course ID 3648
Status Active

Advanced topics in industrial hygiene, exposure assessment or exposure control not offered in the regular curriculum. Topics may vary from year to year.

19.713 Independent Study: Ergonomics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3649
Status Active

Advanced topics in biomechanics, work physiology, occupational safety or human factors not covered in the regular curriculum. Content may vary from year to year.

19.715 Independent Study: Work Environment Policy Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3651
Status Active

Advanced topics in work environment policy, risk perception, risk communication and management, regulatory affairs or labor-management programs not covered in the regular curriculum. Content may vary from year to year.

19.717 Independent Study: Epidemiology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3653
Status Active

Advanced topics in occupational epidemiology, design and confounding, exposure-response modeling, or surveillance not covered in the regular curriculum. Content may vary from year to year.

19.719 Independent Study: Clean Production Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3655
Status Active

Advanced topics in clean production, pollution prevention, and environmental protection efforts. Not offered in the regular curriculum. Topics may vary from year to year.

19.721 Selected Topics : Industrial Hygiene Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3657
Status Active

19.723 Selected Topics: Ergonomics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3658
Status Active

19.725 Epidemiologic Theory Credits: 1.5-3

Course Details
Min Credits 1.5
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3659
Status Active

An advanced seminar in epidemiologic theory. The goal of the course is to develop each student's own theoretical perspective on the field to ground practical problems of study design and analysis. Students read a major text in modern chronic disease epidemiology as well as relevant papers, and discuss and evaluate the perspectives of different authors. Topics include: causality, study designs, measures of disease frequency, measures of association, statistical inference, biases, and confounding.

19.727 Sel Top: Epidemiology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3660
Status Active

19.728 Sel Top: Work Env Policy Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3661
Status Active

19.729 Selected Topics : Clean Production Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3662
Status Active

19.733 Graduate Project Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3665
Status Active

Advanced research project required of all master's degree candidates in the ergonomics, industrial hygiene, occupational epidemiology and work environment policy concentrations.

19.735 Independent Study: Policy Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3666
Status Active

Pre/Co-Requisites: Students with a CSCE or UGRD career need permission to take Graduate Level Courses.

19.736 Graduate Project - Work Environment Credits: 6

Course Details
Min Credits 6
Max Credits 6
Course ID 3667
Status Active

19.737 Independent Study: Epidemiology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3668
Status Active

19.739 Graduate Project - Work Environment Credits: 9

Course Details
Min Credits 9
Max Credits 9
Course ID 3669
Status Active

Advanced research project required of all master's degree candidates in the ergonomics, industrial hygiene, occupational epidemiology and work environment policy concentrations.

19.743 Master's Thesis Research Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3670
Status Active

19.761 1 - Credit Continued Graduate Research Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 38148
Status Active

1-Credit Continued Graduate Research course is for students with less than one year to defend or complete program. Part of reduce course load program for international students.

19.763 Continued Graduate Research Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3676
Status Active

19.770 Directed Readings: Epidemiology Biostatistics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3679
Status Active

19.999 Intercampus Graduate Researdh Credits: 0

Course Details
Min Credits 0
Max Credits 0
Course ID 33695
Status Active

This course will allow doctorate students to remain active while they are taking courses/research at the other UMASS campuses.