McMaster University

McMaster University


Environment & Health

Calendar Description

3 unit(s)
An exploration of environmental health issues research. Emphasis is placed on the distribution and effects of environmental toxins and disease-causing micro-organisms. Topics include cancer clusters, food safety, and water-borne diseases.
Two lectures, one seminar (one hour); one term
Prerequisite(s): One of EARTHSC 2EI3, ENVIRSC 2EI3, GEOG 2EI3, 2HI3; and registration in Level IV or above. GEOG 3HH3 is strongly recommended.
Cross-list(s):: ENVIR SC 4HH3, GEOG 4HH3, HLTH AGE 4M03


Time/Term Offered: Term Two, Winter, 2015-16

Instructor: Dr. Niko Yiannakoulias
Room: General Science Building Rm. 204
Tel:(905) 525.9140 x20117
Office hours: Thursday 12:30 to 1:30

Teaching Assistant:

Shelby Sturrock ( and Kevin McKay (

Course Outline Avenue to Learn


Course objectives
In this class students will develop their ability to:

  • Understand the history and impact of environment and human health
  • Understand the methods used in environmental health research and practice
  • Understand the nature of uncertainty in environmental health research and strategies for making decisions under
    conditions of uncertainty
  • Apply concepts in environment and health to the preparation of a site-specific health risk assessment



Class times: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 11:30 to 12:20
Class location: BSB 106

Required Text Books/Course materials:

Readings can be found in the custom courseware package available from the bookstore. Readings offer important
material that supplements lectures.


  • Optional HHRA proposal (10%)
  • Seminar debate (25%)
  • Class participation (5%)
  • HHRA final report (30%; 40% if HHRA proposal is not handed in)
  • Final exam (30%)


Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty consists of misrepresentation by deception or by other fraudulent means and can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: “Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty”), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  • Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.

  • Improper collaboration in group work.

  • Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various kinds of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at

The instructor and university reserve the right to modify elements of the course during the term. The university may change the dates and deadlines for any or all courses in extreme circumstances. If either type of modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. It is the responsibility of the student to check their McMaster email and course websites weekly during the term and to note any changes.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar “Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work”.



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