Environmental and Occupational Health


How much disease could be prevented through better management of our environment? The environment influences our health in many ways — through exposures to physical, chemical and biological risk factors, and through related changes in our behavior in response to those factors. To answer this question, the available scientific evidence is summarized, presented and debated during the course. Students should know and be able to address new elements concerning these determinants of health.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Rosa Teodósio


Weekly - Se a UC for oferecida como opcional, o horário será disponibilizado no 2º semestre

Total - 16

Teaching language



Not applicable


• www.who.int/phe/health_topics/en/
• http://bit.ly/1Mzpn1x
• http://www.icoh.org

Teaching method

Oral presentations, discussion of scientific documents and debate.

Evaluation method

A written critical comment, about an environmental situation that occurred with negative health consequences, will be evaluated.

Subject matter

I. Public health, environmental and social determinants of health.
II. Preventing disease through healthy environments.
III. Climate change and human health.
IV. Global environmental change.
V. Household (Indoor) Air Pollution.
VI. Health and Social Impacts of Household Energy.
VII. Outdoor air pollution.
VIII. Electromagnetic fields.
IX. Ionizing radiation.
X. Ultraviolet radiation.
XI. Chemical safety.
XII. Health impacts of chemicals.
XIII. Water Sanitation Health.
XIV. Improving nutrition outcomes with better water, sanitation and hygiene.
XV. Occupational health.
XVI. Risk prevention policy in the workplace.
XVII. Occupational and work-related diseases.
XVIII. Epidemiology of occupational and work-related accidents diseases.
XIX. Universal health coverage of workers.
XX. Role of Occupational Medicine and service organization.
XXI. Ethical Considerations.
XXII. Risk prevention policy in the workplace.