International Studies | Health, Environment & Development
I202 | 27249 | Martinez, L.


Course Description and Goals
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; 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.