EH Courses

Brown University offers a wide range of courses relevant to training and research in environmental health. Those courses most relevant to environmental health are listed below. Note that not all classes are offered every year. See [email protected] for a complete list of available courses and the official schedule. 

PHP 1700: Current Topics in Environmental Health

Dr. Karl Kelsey, Fall Term

This course is designed to introduce students to the field of environmental health, and demonstrate how environmental health is integrated into various aspects of our lives, both directly and indirectly. Topics to be covered include: toxic metals, vector-borne disease, food safety, water quality, radiation, pesticides, air quality, hazardous waste, risk assessment, and the role of the community in environmental health. Guest speakers will present several topics so that students can learn from the expertise of professionals active in the field. 

PHP 1710: Climate Change and Human Health

Dr. Gregory Wellenius, Fall Term

Global climate change is occurring and these changes have the potential to profoundly influence human health. This course provides students with a broad overview of the diverse impacts of projected climate change on human health, including effects of changing temperatures, extreme weather events, infectious and non-infectious waterborne threats, vector-borne disease, air pollution, the physical and built environment and policies to promote mitigation and adaptation. Students will explore multiple sides of controversial issues through lively and informed class discussions, writing exercises, and participation in a series of end-of-term debates.

PHP 1964: Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention

Dr. Tongzhang Zheng, Spring Term

This course is aimed at enhancing the knowledge and skills central to the application of epidemiologic methods to cancer screening, prevention, and control. We will exam cancer incidence and trends in the U.S. and globally, interpret their implication for cancer etiology, and critically analyze current evidence regarding the role of various major risk factors on human cancer risks. The class will focus on the impact of major environmental, occupational, and lifestyle risk factors on cancers of high public health significance.

PHP 2220E: Topics in Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology

Dr. Joseph Braun, Spring Term

This course introduces students to the epidemiological study of historical and contemporary environmental/occupational agents, focusing on study design, biases, and methodological tools used to evaluate and extend the evidence linking exposures to human disease. The course will discuss applications, strengths, and limitations of different study designs and their use in studying specific environmental agents. Didactic lectures and student-led discussions will be used to provide students with a basic understanding of and the tools to apply/extend their knowledge of specific environmental agents (endocrine disruptors) and special topics (children's neurodevelopment). 

PHP 2240: Advanced Methods in Environmental Epidemiology

Dr. Gregory Wellenius, Fall Term

Environmental epidemiology is the application of epidemiologic methods to the study of how the environment causes or contributes to disease. In this course, you will learn to implement the study designs and analytic methods commonly used in research of the health effects of environmental exposures. Study designs to be covered will include cross-sectional, cohort, time-series, case-crossover, panel/repeated measures, and intervention studies. Additional topics to be discussed include modeling of flexible dose-effect relationships, consequences of measurement error and missing data, and analyses of effects of exposures with unknown latencies. Although these methods will be presented in the context of estimating the health effects of environmental exposures, many of these methods are readily applied to other exposures of interest including nutrition, pharmacoepidemiology, occupational health, and cardiovascular epidemiology.

PHP2325: Place Matters: Exploring Community-Level Contexts on Health Behaviors, Outcomes and Disparities


BIOL1820: Environmental Health and Disease

BIOL2860: Molecular Mechanisms of Disease


ENVS1105: Introduction to Environmental GIS

ENVS1350: Environmental Economics and Policy

ENVS1400: Sustainable Design in the Built Environment

ENVS1575: Engaged Climate Policy at the UN Climate Change Talks

ENVS1580: Environmental Stewardship and Resilience in Urban Systems

ENVS1910: The Anthropocene: The Past and Present of Environmental Change


GEOL1330: Global Environmental Remote Sensing

GEOL1320: Introduction to GIS for Environmental Applications