International Studies | Health, Environment, and Development
I202 | 16602 | Muehlenbein, M


This core course for the global environment thematic concentration
of the International Studies major will review human-environment
interactions from a global perspective, focusing specifically on how
global change can alter human susceptibility to disease. Discussions
will be focused on the general population and environmental changes
that contribute to health deficiencies at the regional and global
levels. Specific population changes to be discussed include: general
population growth; transportation of people and products;
urbanization and lack of sanitation; contact with wildlife
(expansion into new areas, ecotourism, and bushmeat); war and social
disruption; and public health deficiencies. Specific ecological
changes to be discussed include: changes in land use (irrigation,
deforestation, and fragmentation); reduced biodiversity (altered
host-parasite dynamics); pollution (mercury in fish and endocrine
disruptors); natural disasters; and climate change (altered habitats
of disease vectors). Readings will be selected to reflect the
general interests of natural and social scientists alike. By the end
of the course, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge
(through written and oral presentation) of human-environment
interactions and the various environmental risk factors associated
with the emergence of infectious and chronic diseases as well as an
understanding of how environmental and health sciences inform
international and global policies.