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Environmental Health Customized Training Solutions in Management, Risk Assessment, and Testing

Environmental Health Management Topics

1. Environmental Management I

Participants will be provided with an overview of the health concerns relating to air and soil management systems. Topics include air toxins and pollutants; management methods for ambient and indoor air quality; soil chemistry; management of contaminated sites and soil sampling methods.

2. Environmental Management II

Participants will be provided with an overview of the health concerns related to drinking and recreational water systems. Topics include identification of chemical and bacterial hazards; risk management of public and private water supplies; source protection and pollution concerns for ground and surface water; and water quality for recreational water.

3. Environmental Management III

Participants will be provided with an overview of infection control and emergency preparedness, and the public health concerns relating to solid and liquid waste management systems. Participants will review the solid waste disposal system including municipal waste systems, biomedical waste, composting, and incineration. Participants will discuss liquid waste management in relation to municipal wastewater treatment and private liquid waste disposal. Infection control principles will be discussed, allowing for the control and reduction of communicable disease transmission within institutions. The principles, practices and theory of emergency preparedness and planning to deal with all public health emergencies will also be included.

Environmental Health Risk Assessment Topics

1. Health Risk Assessment I

Participants will discuss basic risk assessment and management principles and the application of risk assessment processes in the public and environmental health fields. Topics include hazard identification, dose-response determination, and exposure and site assessment.

Environmental Health Testing Topics

1. Environmental Microbiology

This course will cover the ecology of specific natural and man-made environments, microbiological information, and the public health significance of the organisms present in these environments. Participants will discuss the survival, dissemination, impact, and control of specific microorganisms in the environment with a particular focus on the supply, processing, and storage of food and food products. Discussions will based on water, wastewater, and air microbiology.

2. Environmental Chemistry

This course will cover the basic chemical principles of equilibrium, reaction kinetics, and reaction types to develop an understanding of the complex interactions that occur in environmental pollution. Illustrations applicable to chemical and toxicological aspects of environmental issues such as primary and secondary air pollutants, water quality, persistent bio accumulative pollutants, and toxic metal contamination will be discussed. This course will provide an appreciation of the analytical methodologies and quantitative aspects of assessing chemical contamination to provide an ability to critique and interpret environmental studies, reports, and literature.

3. Environmental Toxicology

This course will provide an introduction to the principles governing toxicity including the significance of entry route, dosage, tissue distribution, time course, metabolism, excretion, cellular action, host susceptibility factors, and assays. The ability to critique and interpret data will be emphasized. Participant will gain an understanding of toxicity of various chemicals along with examining the toxicity and assessment of chemicals and chemical mixtures.


For more information, contact:
Isha Katyal
Manager, CIAR
Tel: 780-479-9395
Email: ciar@concordia.ab.ca