International Studies | Health, Environment, & Development
I202 | 12280 | 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. 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 diseases. 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).