McMaster University

McMaster University


Environment & Health

Calendar Description

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 ENVIR SC 3EP3, GEOG 3EP3, 3HH3; or permission of the instructor Cross-List(s): ENVIR SC 4HH3, GEOG 4HH3, HLTH AGE 4M03


Time/Term Offered: Term Two Winter 2013-14

Instructor: Niko Yiannakoulias
Room: General Science Building Rm. 204
Tel:(905) 525.9140 x20117
Office hours: Monday 2:30 - 3:30

Teaching Assistant: Matt Leyenaar

Course Outline Avenue to Learn


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: Monday and Thursday 3:30 to 4:20 pm; Tuesday: 4:30 to 5:20
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.



HHRA proposal (10%)
Seminar presentation (25%)
Class participation (5%)
Midterm exam (30%)
HHRA final report (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.



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