Charles V. Shorten, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor and Director, Environmental Health Program
Department of Health, West Chester University, West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: (610) 436-2360; FAX: (610) 436-2860; Email: cshorten@wcupa.edu

About the Course:
ENV102 is the interdisciplinary course Humans and the Environment.  Designed to meet a major general education goal of the University, ENV102 brings together aspects of environmental health, geology, biology, chemistry, human and physical geography in a comprehensive manner to help students learn that complex systems do not fit completely within traditional academic boundaries.  The course specifically examines the sources or causes of pollution, the human health and environmental effects of pollution, and the technical/behavioral/legal control of these problems.  Particular emphasis is placed on the role of the individual in improved decision-making for better environmental quality.

All course materials including lecture notes, assignments, reviews, reading links, images and illustrations are housed on the University's Blackboard server at http://blackboard.wcupa.edu Registered students may access all materials.  Others may contact the instructor to arrange for guest access.

About the Environmental Health Program:
The Environmental Health Program at West Chester University prepares talented students for the technical and professional demands of careers dedicated to the protection of human health and the environment. Graduates of the program who earn the Bachelor of Science degree become entry level Environmental Health Scientists who work to improve the quality of air, water, soil and food using technology to measure and control pollutants, indoors and outdoors. The program embraces the broad environmental ethic of sustainability through human cooperation with nature, including basic rights to a safe home and workplace; clean water supplies for human consumption, recreation and wildlife; safe and available food supply; waste and energy management; and careful resource management for the future.  

The Environmental Health curriculum includes courses in:

Science Cognates Environmental Health Core Environmental Health Electives
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Geology
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Health
  • Chronic & Communicable Diseases
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Environmental Health Seminar
  • Environmental Health Internship
  • Industrial Hygiene I & II
  • Occupational Safety
  • Hazardous Waste Management
  • Risk Assessment
  • Environmental Health Laboratory
  • Environmental Regulations

Details about the Environmental Health Program and the major can be found at:

About the Instructor:
Dr. Charles V. Shorten, Professor and Director of Environmental Health, has been on the faculty at WCU since 1989.  Dr. Shorten's primary research area is the assessment of the fate and transport of environmental contaminants.  Recent publications in this area have focused on sampling methodologies and artifacts in the measurement of organic gases and lead. In addition to ENV102, Humans and the Environment, Dr. Shorten teaches courses in:

See Dr. Shorten's biographical sketch at this link: http://health-sciences.wcupa.edu/health/shorten.htm


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