Course Syllabi

Course Syllabi

The Collaborative Initiative in Environmental Health has funded the development of these courses taught at collaborating universities. The syllabi are attached as pdf files. The project collaborators also offered a variety of seminars and workshops in various university-wide, regional and national venues for several hours or day-long duration. These are listed under section 2 below.

1. Courses Developed and Conducted at Collaborating Universities 

  • Research Ethics with Underserved Groups; Linda Silka, UMASS-Lowell, Fall 2004 (online course). This course draws on experiences of a variety of research partnerships in African American, Latino, Native American, and refugee and immigrant communities. Students develop an in-depth knowledge of how to build research partnerships that overcome frequent ethical dilemmas. This course was first developed and taught in 2002.
  • Community-Based Environmental Health Methods for Research Intervention and Evaluation; Doug Brugge, Tufts University. This intensive five-week course focused on community-based research, the formation of partnerships and the ethical considerations that arise in this field. The course was developed in 2002 and is now being offered on a regular basis.
  • Community-Driven Epidemiology and Environmental Justice; Steven Wing, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Spring 2002. This semester-long graduate course presented topics on research ethics in the field of public health and epidemiology; particualry for research ethics with African-American and other environmental justice affected communities.
  • Community and Environmental Health Research Ethics; Dianne Quigley, Syracuse University. New ethical research practices with community populations stress partnership and participatory models with community members. Working in partnership and sharing control over the research process can lead to significant new challenges in the scientific practice of community and environmental health research. Such challenges include community rights and "community informed consent". This course will explore how bio-medical research protections for individuals can be extended to groups and communities by reviewing case studies in participatory research and ethical theories of virtue ethics, communitarian, liberalism and post-modern ethics.

2. Recent Short Courses and Seminar Presentations:

  • Phil Brown at Brown University offered four monthly seminar series for faculty/students, Spring 2005. Sample Topics included: The Nature of Community, Researcher Bias.
  • Three sessions from project collaborators on "Community research protections" at American Public Health Association, Washington, D.C., November, 2004 (D. Quigley, L. Silka, D. Taylor). These included "Community Research Ethics" (project team) and "Lessons on Community-Inspired Ethics" (D. Taylor) in the APHA Ethics Forum, 2 presentations; Community Ethics and Biomonitoring in the Breast Cancer Forum.
  • One presentation at Breast Cancer Biomonitoring Conference, San Francisco, CA in Oct. 2004 for "community research ethics" (D. Quigley).
  • Oct. 2005, CA State Health Dept (public health/environmental epidemiology researchers). "Understanding Communal Ethical Frameworks" for improving community research protections (D. Quigley).
  • One presentation on "Postmodern Contributions to Ethics" for dealing with Native American tribes at "Genetics and Group Rights" Conference at Arizona State University, October 2004 ( E. Wallwork).
  • "Health Disparities" (S.Wing), AMA, Duke U., March 2005.
  • Genes, justice, racial inequalities, Minority Health Leadership Summit (S Wing) January 2005, U. of Pittsburgh
  • Linda Silka offered a one-day national on-line short course on "Research Ethics with Underserved Groups," January 2005
  • D. Quigley, "Combining Indigenous Knowledge Systems with Western Science Research Practices: Understanding the Ethical Nature of Matter," European Society for the Study of Science and Religion" (ESSSAT), April 5, 2004, Barcelona, Spain
  • D. Quigley, "Embedded Knowledge", American Academy of Religion, Eastern International Conference, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, May 2004.
  • S. Wing, "Community-based Research Ethics", EPA, Boston, May 25, 2004.
  • Silka, L. "Transforming Experiences: When Host Communities become Home Communities," Memory, Identity and the Cambodian Spirit in Diapora, Association for Asian Studies, Annual Meeting, May 2004.
  • Niem Kret, Jessica Henry, D. Quigley, "Improving Dialogues for Research Ethics in Environmental and Public Health" Report on Conference Outcomes," Crossroads Conference, Institute of Community Research, June 2004.