Environmental Health: An Integrative Approach (2018-2020)

Environmental health is based on the premise that what we eat or are exposed to in our environment has a direct effect upon our health. It examines the impact of air pollutants, pesticides, heavy metals, toxins 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 toxins and the documented rise of complex chronic illness; such as obesity, metabolic syndrome, cancers, neurodevelopmental disorders and reproductive health, and identify how an integrative medicine model may be applied in both prevention and treatment.
  2. Identify the primary categories of chemical toxins present in the environment, and interpret how their mechanism of actions may impact human health.
  3. Recognize and identify the range of toxins known to demonstrate endocrine disruptor activity in humans.
  4. Identify vulnerable patient populations in terms of environmental toxin exposures.
  5. Apply a structured approach to taking an environmental medicine history that includes consideration of potential toxins in air, land, and water.
  6. Acquire familiarity with consumer resources that can help individuals reduce unnecessary environmental toxin exposures, and recognize how cultural and socioeconomic status may influence their number of exposures and ability to limit exposure.
  7. Assess the impact of some of the emerging technologies and agricultural practices on environmental medicine and how they are affecting human health.
  8. Identify several resources for patients and clinicians interested in environmental advocacy.

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.

Curriculum

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

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.

Enrollment

You will have a maximum of 30 days access to the material from the start date. If you register for the course and pay with a credit card you will have immediate access to the course. Once your registration is complete, logout and log back in and your course will be listed on the campus page. If you cannot remember your account information, click the Forgot Password link on the login page and it will be emailed to you.

Course Fees

Physicians - $165.20.
Other Healthcare Professionals/General Public - $116.70.
Students - $99.15
The Center (AzCIM) is waiving the registration cost. Enrollment is free!