Environmental Health 101 Lesson

SEEK Updated
10/12/2015
Resource Types: 
Curriculum
Learning Kit
Abstract: 

Lesson Plan:

Basic Concepts - Environmental Health 101

  • Summary: Students are introduced to basic environmental health concepts in the context of an air quality study that used personal monitoring devices to measure exposure.
  • Lesson Type: Short - this lesson will take 20-30 minutes to implement. Thematic - this lesson can be used alone or as part of a series of lessons to develop deeper understanding of a topic or concept. This lesson is part of the "Basic Concepts" series of thematic lessons, which will include additional lessons on toxicology and risk assessment (to be published in May 2009).
  • EHP Article: Backpack on Board: Individual Air Monitoring Predicts Prenatal Exposure to PAHs
    Environ Health Perspect 116:A490 (2008) Accessible at: http://seek.minnesotaee.org/download/ehp-116-a490a.pdf.
  • Objectives: By the end of this lesson, students should be able to: define basic environmental health terms (environment, environmental health, pollutant, source, exposure, dose, response, and risk); identify the application of those terms from an article describing an environmental health study; differentiate between three different fields of science within the environmental health sciences (toxicology, epidemiology, and exposure assessment)
  • Class Time: 30 minutes
    Grade Level Middle school, high school, college
  • Subjects Addressed: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science

    To access the lesson plan, go to http://seek.minnesotaee.org/download/ehp-basic-concepts-lesson.pdf.

  • Author: 
    National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
    Topic Areas: 
    Environmental Health
    Target Audience: 
    Grades 7-9
    Grades 10-12
    Higher Education
    Teachers
    Geographic Location: 
    All Minnesota
    Outside Minnesota
    Pages/Length: 
    7 pp.
    Date Produced/Published: 
    02/1/09
    Fee: 
    No
    Library loan: 
    No
    Is training required?: 
    No
    Seasonal: 
    No
    Contact(s) or order information.: 

    National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
    11 T.W. Alexander Drive
    Research Triangle Park, NC USA 27709
    919-541-3345
    http://www.niehs.nih.gov/