Environmental Health: An Integrative Approach (2022-2024)

Environmental health is based on the premise that what we eat or are exposed to in our environment has a direct effect on our health. It examines the impact of air pollutants, pesticides, heavy metals, toxicants, and other environmental factors on the health of individuals and populations. From historical environmental events like lead poisoning in ancient Rome to the potential impact of phthalates in modern times, this course explores the interaction between the environment and human health and its role in mediating disease.

Designed for medical and nursing personnel, in this Environmental Health course you, will examine the importance of considering environmental factors in virtual patient cases; develop a working knowledge of the strengths and limitations of environmental health research; and understand why certain populations, such as children, are particularly vulnerable. After completing this course, you will be better prepared to give informed and insightful responses to patients' questions about the ever-evolving field of environmental health.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
  1. Appraise the emerging research links between environmental toxicants and the documented rise of complex chronic illnesses, such as obesity, metabolic syndrome, cancers, neurodevelopmental disorders, and reproductive health.
  2. Identify how an integrative medicine model may be applied in both prevention and treatment of environmentally associated diseases.
  3. Identify the primary categories of chemical toxicants present in the environment and interpret how their mechanism of action may impact human health.
  4. Recognize and identify the range of toxicants known to demonstrate endocrine disruptor activity in humans.
  5. Identify vulnerable patient populations in terms of environmental toxicant exposures.
  6. Apply a structured approach to taking an environmental medicine history that includes consideration of potential toxicants in air, land, and water.
  7. Acquire familiarity with consumer resources that can help individuals reduce unnecessary environmental toxicant exposures and recognize how cultural and socioeconomic status may influence their number of exposures and ability to limit exposure.
  8. Assess the impact of some of the emerging technologies and agricultural practices on environmental medicine and how they affect human health.
  9. Identify several resources for patients and clinicians interested in environmental advocacy.

Curriculum

  • Introduction to Environmental Health
  • Taking an Environmental Medicine History
  • From Environment to Humans
  • Air
  • Land
  • Water
  • Patient Waiting Room
  • Emerging Research
  • Wrap Up
  • Course Evaluation
  • Exam

Completion Requirements

Complete all the course work, course evaluation, and the final test with a score of 70% or better. Upon successful completion, you will be able to print your certificate of completion.

Target Audience

This enduring material educational program is intended for physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, psychologists, and psychiatrists in any specialty. In addition, all healthcare professionals who have an interest in an integrative approach to healing are targeted.

Certificate

When all of the above requirements are met (during the agreed-upon timeline), a link for the completion certificate is available to download and print anytime from "My Account." If a specific credit type was selected at registration, your certificate will indicate earned credits.

Disclaimer

This course does not constitute medical advice. Healthcare providers should exercise their own independent medical judgment.

All case studies and patient scenarios in this course are used for illustrative purposes. All depictions of persons (other than faculty) are models and not actual patients.

Course Fees

Physicians - $247.80.
Other Healthcare Professionals/General Public - $175.05.
Students - $148.73
The Center (AWCIM) is waiving the registration cost. Enrollment is free!

Environmental Health: An Integrative Approach (2022-2024)
Disclosure & Education Credit Info

Continuing Nursing Education Information: 7.50 CNE Contact Hours for RNs

Completion Requirements

Complete all the course work, course evaluation, and the final test with a score of 70% or better. Upon successful completion, you will be able to print your certificate of completion.

Current CNE Approval Period: January 16, 2022 to January 16, 2024

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Information

All presenters, planners, and faculty have disclosed that they do not have any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests that would constitute a conflict of interest concerning this CNE activity.

This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the Arizona Nurses Association an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

COM CME

ACCME/AMA PRA Accreditation and CME Designation Statement

The University of Arizona College of Medicine — Tucson is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine — Tucson designates this enduring material for a maximum of 7.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This course includes an assessment of 16 questions that you must answer 70% correctly or above in order to receive credit for participation. You are allowed unlimited re-attempts.

Current CME Approval Period: January 16, 2022 to January 15, 2024

Most Recent Review by Author: October 15, 2021

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Information

All Faculty, CME Planning Committee Members, and the CME Office Reviewers have disclosed that they do not have any relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies that would constitute a conflict of interest concerning this CME activity.

Commercial Support

There is no commercial support for this activity.

Faculty / Authors

Joanne Perron, MD, MPH, FACOG; Public Health Consultant

Lyn Patrick, ND

Andrew Weil, MD; Director, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Founder and Chairman of the Board for Weil Foundation

Priscilla Abercrombie, RN, NP, PhD, AHN-BC, PhD, Women's Health & Healing

Lise Alschuler, ND, Professor of Clinical Medicine, University of Arizona; Assistant Director of the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine, Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine

Planning Committee

Victoria Maizes, MD, Professor of Medicine; Executive Director, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine

Priscilla Abercrombie, RN, NP, PhD, AHN-BC, PhD, Women's Health & Healing

Lise Alschuler, ND, Professor of Clinical Medicine, University of Arizona; Assistant Director of the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine, Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine