ENV445/545:  Risk Assessment
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:
Risk assessment is the method of estimating probability of harm to humans or the environment resulting from contact with contaminants in food, water, air or soil. This course is designed for science or engineering students interested in merging toxicology, environmental chemistry and health into a framework used to address environmental contamination problems. The fate, transport and health effects of selected contaminants are examined and a mathematical modeling approach is used to estimate human exposure in air, water and food. Structured around hazard assessment, toxicity assessment, exposure assessment and risk characterization, the course provides an introduction to risk assessment, risk communication and risk management.

Students should possess strong mathematical and computing skills and be familiar with basic chemistry. The course emphasizes problem solving in the classroom through hands-on exercises in a cooperative learning setting. Facilities available in the classroom include multimedia projection capability with a live Internet connection.  Course performance is evaluated through performance on homework, tests and a semester project.

All course content materials can be found online at http://blackboard.wcupa.edu.  Registered students have full access to lecture notes, assignments, sample test materials, review sheets and other resources.  Guests may contact the instructor for limited 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. Master of Science degree recipients direct multidisciplinary teams of professionals as Environmental Health Managers. At all levels, 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.

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

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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