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Inhalation Exposure to Pollutants in the Sleeping Microenvironment

Adults spend an average of 7.5 hours in bed per night, which corresponds to approximately one-third of our life. Previous research has found that we are exposed to numerous pollutants while sleeping, notably airborne al... More
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Activist Research Practicum (ANT 324L)

In this upper-division seminar, designed especially for anthropology majors, students will learn the basics of anthropological research methods, and gain hands-on experience, from an "activist research" perspective. Cour... More
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Advanced Environmental Law - Air & Water (LAW 341L)

"This course will begin with an introduction to pollution control, the common law antecedents, and early statutory developments. The remainder of the course will be devoted to an intensive study of the Clean Air Act and ... More
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Advanced Environmental Law - Toxics (LAW 341L)

This course will examine the provisions of the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act relating to toxic substances as well as other statutes regulating toxic substances like the Toxic substances control Act and the Federal In... More
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Air Pollution Control (CE 396L.3)

Sources, transport, fate, impacts, characteristics, and control of air contaminants; source control and prevention; urban air quality; occupational and residential indoor air quality. Design of air pollution control sys... More
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Air Pollution Engineering (CE 369L: CE 396L)

Sources, transport, fate, impacts, characteristics, and control of air contaminants; source control and prevention; urban air quality; occupational and residential indoor air quality. May be repreated for credit when top... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Air Resources Emphasis - Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (MSE/PhD)

Research in the Air Resources emphasis area, within the EWRE program, is an interdisciplinary effort that encompasses atmospheric chemistry, ambient air quality monitoring and modeling, indoor air quality, and air pollut... More
Faculty & Staff

Angel, Jacqueline

At the LBJ School, Professor Angel teaches courses on policy development with respect to health care, population diversity with a special emphasis on Hispanic families, and inequality in an aging society. Her research in... More
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Animals and American Culture: Selected Historical Topics (AMS 370; HIS 350; TC 302; WGS 345)

One of the goals of this interdisciplinary upper-division undergraduate seminar is to explore the following question: What does the U.S. history survey look like if we place animals at the center of our analysis? This cl... More
Faculty & Staff

Atkinson, Lucinda Jane

Dr. Atkinson studies sustainable consumption and political participation. This research agenda incorporates: the connections between environmental values and consumer behavior; the overlap of consumption and civics; the ... More
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Border Health Policy (PA 388D)

This is a collaborative course between the LBJ School of Public Affairs and The University of Texas School of Public Health. This course examines the history of US-Mexico relations and health policy with an emphasis on i... More
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Brownfields Seminar: Redeveloping Contaminated Land (CRP 383)

Brownfields typically are abandoned, idled, or underused industrial or commercial land and buildings where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination.1 The cleanup and subs... More
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Building Environmental Systems (ARE 346N)

Planning and design of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems; noise and vibration control systems; power distribution and lighting systems; introduction to plumbing systems. More
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Building the Sustainable City (SOC 321K)

Building the Sustainable City is an interdisciplinary course that examines why we have to create more sustainable living environments, what we are presently doing to rebuild American cities in more sustainable ways, and ... More
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Built Environment and Public Health (CRP 384)

This course examines the relationship between the built environment and public health issues. Issues include the negative impacts of sprawl, residential segregation, accessibility of public transport, and access to susta... More
Faculty & Staff

Callan, Benedicte

Benedicte Callan joined the LBJ of Public Affairs research team as a Sid Richardson Fellow for innovation and health policy and as a research affiliate of the Center for Health and Social Policy (CHASP) in the fall of 20... More
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Children's Environmental Health (GRG 356)

Each year, hundreds of chemicals are found in Americans of all ages, including lead, mercury, dioxins and PCBs. Studies have detected antibacterial agents from liquid soaps in infants' cord blood, breast milk, and childr... More
Research & Initiatives

Commons Ignorance: The Failure of Environmental Law to Provide the Information Needed to Protect Public Health and the Environment

One of the most significant problems facing environmental law is the dearth of scientific information available to assess the impact of industrial activities on public health and the environment. After documenting the si... More
Research & Initiatives

Communicating Science, Health, Environment, and Risk (ComSHER)

The members of ComSHER are dedicated to the pursuit of high quality mass communication scholarship and high academic and professional standards for mass communication education - particularly as these relate to science c... More
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Community Development In Health Promotion (SW 395K)

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Research & Initiatives

Concho Community Garden

Growing food for individuals, local food shelters, UT Dining Services; Educating our campus and city communities about growing local, organic food, and realizing its place within the greater context of conventional food ... More
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Design of Air Conditioning Systems (ME 374R)

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Design of Energy Efficient and Healthy Buildings (ARE 370; ARE 381E; CE 381E)

Design of buildings for low energy use and optimal indoor air quality. Includes ventilation, energy efficiency, moisture problems, and prevention by design. More
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Difficult Dialogues: Framing Sustainability (UGS 302)

The word ‘sustainability’ is a wod that has been over-used – perhaps even depleted of meaning. However, the idea of sustainability can be an emotionally charged trigger, particularly during times of economic and st... More
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Drinking Water: Treatment and Public Health Issues (CE 385W)

Topics to be discussed are Drinking Water Regulations, Oxidation and Disinfection, Natural Organic Matter and Disinfection By-Products, Membrane Processes, Membrane Processes, Inorganics: Issues and Treatment, Synthetic ... More
Faculty & Staff

Eaton, David J.

David J. Eaton teaches courses on systems analysis, environmental and energy policy, and nonprofit management in the LBJ School. He has lectured in twenty countries and conducted field research in fifteen nations. Eaton... More
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Ecological Approach to Child Health (N 396T)

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Economy/Value/Quality of Life (URB 352; ARC 350R)

In this course, each student is asked to consider the evolution and existence of both 'qualitative' and 'quantitative' worldviews/value systems/reality systems/systems of evaluation and how each create situations where f... More
Faculty & Staff

Elkins, Jules

Medical geography, environmental health economics, children's environmental health. More
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Environmental Clinic (LAW 397C; LAW 397D)

In this clinic, students will work to improve environmental quality and protect the public health of low-income communities in Texas. The clinic's projects are varied and have involved work in federal and state court, be... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Environmental Engineering Technical Area Option- Civil Engineering (BS)

Environmental Engineering is a Technical Area option within the Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering Bachelor of Science degree. Environmental engineers address problems related to public health and the en... More
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Environmental Ethics (PHL 325C)

This is a course on environmental philosophy with a focus on environmental ethics but also treating epistemological issues. Much of the course will be a survey of major problem areas including intrinsic and instrumental ... More
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Environmental Fiction and Criticism (E 379R)

This course examines recent fiction and film in which environmental debates loom large. The following questions motivate our study: How do literature, film, and cultural theory shape environmental issues? Are there more ... More
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Environmental Hazards (GRG 334C )

Natural disasters are of central concern to citizens and governments across the globe. The loss of human lives, disruption of economies, and destruction of physical infrastructure that result from these events often le... More
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Environmental Health (HED 370K)

This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to and overview of the key areas of environmental health. Using the perspectives of the population and community, the course will cover factors associated ... More
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Environmental Journalism (J 349T, J 395)

Global Climate Change represents just one topic in one of the "hottest" fields in journalism--reporting on the environment. Add in Austin and Texas' intricate environmental challenges--from water supply and quality, to i... More
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Environmental Law and Policy: Nature, Law, and Society (CRP 383)

This course is about environmental law, a subject that necessarily includes consideration of environmental science, environmental economics, and environmental policy as essential elements of its analysis. In addition to ... More
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Environmental Litigation (LAW 397S)

This seminar focuses on different types of environmental litigation, including: permit hearings and appeals; enforcement hearings and litigation; rule-making and appeals; citizen suits; Superfund litigation; commercial l... More
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Environmental Policy and Ethics (CRP 383; LAR 382K)

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Epidemiology in Public Health (N 391F)

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Degree Plans & Curricula

Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility Concentration -- Business Administration (MBA)

Ethics and corporate social responsibility (CSR) issues loom larger than ever in business decision-making, and the ability to manage these issues is a core leadership skill. The MBA concentration in Ethics & Corporate S... More
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Farming, Food, and Global Hunger (GRG 356T)

This course focuses on contemporary transformations in global agro-food systems from a social science perspective. Employing an interdisciplinary approach, we will explore recent changes in agricultural production, marke... More
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Feast or Famine? Food Supplies in a Crowded World (GRG 326K )

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Foundations of Social Justice (SW 381S )

This course is based on the following assumptions: 1) membership in a population-at-risk group (e.g., people of color, women, gay and lesbian persons) significantly influences an individual’s life experiences, world ... More
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Gender and Migration (GRG 396T; LAS 388; WGS 393)

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Genetically Modified Organisms: Environmental, Ethical, and Political Issues (UGS 302)

This seminar will initially cover the biology behind the production of genetically modified (GM) organisms then move onto environmental, ethical, and political issues associated with the production of genetically modifie... More
Faculty & Staff

Gilbert, Dorie

Dr. Dorie J. Gilbert is Associate Professor of Social Work and African & African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her teaching, research and community service center around her focus on evidence-bas... More
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Global Environmental Literature and Film (E 360S)

"Global Environmental Literature and Film" (E360S) approaches the environmental issues facing states, corporations, and individuals through Anglophone literature and film from the US, Africa, South Asia, South America, a... More
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Global Health (N 309)

Overview of global health, with emphasis on the determinants of health, health indicators, human rights, globalization, current socioeconomic factors, health care systems, and public health systems. May be counted toward... More
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Global Indigenous Issues (ANT 324L; LAS 324L)

This course explores contemporary issues of indigenous peoples throughout the world. Today, even as virtually all nations in the world have voted in favor of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, Indigen... More
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Global Inequalities and Health (UGS 303)

Global Inequalities and Health is a signature course designed to provide an overview of the physical and mental health of human populations in the poor and the more affluent nations of the world. The course is divided in... More
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Globalization (SOC S340C )

This course provides an overview of the interrelated processes of economic, political, and cultural globalization. Under the heading of economic globalization, we will focus on multinational corporations, international f... More
Faculty & Staff

Haragan, Kelly

Kelly Haragan is a clinical professor and Director of the Environmental Clinic. Kelly joined the faculty in 2008. Prior to joining the Clinic, Kelly worked as legal counsel for national nonprofits including: the Environm... More
Faculty & Staff

Hayward, Mark

Mark Hayward's primary research interests center on the influence of life course exposures and events on the morbidity and mortality experiences of the older population. Presently, he is involved in several studies focus... More
Faculty & Staff

Houser, Heather

Heather Houser is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin. She received an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Stanford University, and a B.A. from Reed College. Her first book is Eco-Sickness: Env... More
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Housing America (URB 352; ARC 350R; ARC 386M)

Issues concerning the built environment and urban infrastructure, environmental sustainability, and the public policy framework designed to manage the challenges presented by these issues. Issues facing residents of U.S.... More
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Human Exposure Analysis (CE 397)

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Human Exposure to Indoor Air Pollution (CE 396L.6)

This course will focus on human inhalation exposure to pollution in both the gaseous and particle (liquid and solid) phases. The emphasis will be on non-industrial indoor environments, but the underlying principles and t... More
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Human Health and the Environment (GRG 356T; URB 350)

The basic political and administrative structures of cities and metropolitan regions, including problems associated with local and regional government. More
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Indigenous Rights & Autonomy in Mexico (ANT 324L)

This course will examine the historical experience and current struggles of indigenous people in Mexico. We will address the relationship of indigenous people to colonial powers and the post-Independence and post-Revolut... More
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Indoor Air Quality: Physics and Chemistry (CE 396L.4)

Sources, transport, and fate of indoor air pollutants. Interactions between indoor pollutants and indoor materials. Indoor air chemistry. Human exposure to pollutants in indoor environments. More
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Indoor Air Quality: Transport and Control (CE 389T; ARE 389T)

Transport and control of indoor pollutants. Includes particulate removal and pollutant transport into and within indoor environments. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in archit... More
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International Development (PA 388K)

Any foray into international development must have a firm grounding in the major theories, history and strategies of international development. This course is designed to provide this comprehensive foundation. Among the ... More
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International Human Rights Law (LAW 348E)

The course provides an overview of modern international human rights law, including its history and development since the 1940s. It considers domestic, regional and international legal systems -including international cr... More
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International Nutrition: Developing World (NTR 321)

Nutrition-related issues in the developing world, including nutrient deficiency and disease, concerns in vulnerable populations (pregnancy, infancy, childhood, and old age), and food aid. Nutrition 321 and 360 (Topic 2: ... More
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International Nutrition: Social and Environmnetal Policies (NTR 331)

Explores the nutritional concerns of different countries, environmental aspects of food supply, and social policies needed to balance supply with demand in a sustainable manner. Nutrition 331 and 360 (Topic: Internationa... More
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Latin American Planning Studio (CRP 386)

This is the second in a series of planning studios in informal settlements in Latin America. More
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Maximum Advanced Landscape Architecture Studio (LAR 696)

he MAXIMUM landscape architecture studio will focus on creating a broad strategy for pocket parks within the city of Austin. The 21st century holds many conditions and demands that shape and change the ways we interact w... More
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Medical Geography (GRG 357)

This course serves as an introduction to the sub-discipline of medical geography. Medical geography deals with human-environment interactions and the influence that these interactions have on public health, and encompass... More
Faculty & Staff

Meyers, Lauren

Dr. Meyers conducts research in two general areas. The first is mathematical epidemiology. Over the last five years, she has been developing new network-based mathematical approaches for predicting the spread of infectio... More
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Modeling of Air and Pollutant Flows in Buildings (ARE 383; ARE 372; CE 397)

Fundamentals of indoor airflow modeling, use of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) for air quality and thermal comfort analyses, application of CFD for analysis of air velocity, temperature, humidity, and contaminant dis... More
Faculty & Staff

Novoselac, Atila

His area of research includes studies related to improvement of indoor environment and development of energy efficient building environmental systems. By combining experimental studies and computational modeling, he is d... More
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Nuclear Environmental Protection (ME 389C)

Ionizing radiation and its interactions with matter and living tissues; radioactive decay kinetics; external and internal dose measurement; transportation through the environment; managing radioactive waste streams; and ... More
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Nuclear Health Physics (ME 389D)

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O'Day, Trish

Trish O'Day MSN, RN, CNS-Community Health teaches public health nursing at the UT School of Nursing. Curriculum includes population health, environmental health and global health. Ms. O'Day serves as Co-President of the ... More
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Our Global Backyard: Environment, People, Science, and Technology (UGS 303)

Understanding the pressures on the world's environments and people is of paramount importance to maintaining global resources for current and future generations. Many of the most challenging environmental conflicts today... More
Faculty & Staff

Peterson, Fred

Dr. Peterson’s primary areas of scholarship lie in child, adolescent, and school health, with a special emphasis in school health teacher education. He has developed an innovative paradigm for teacher training: the Chi... More
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Plants, Environment and Human Affairs (BIO 305E)

Designed for nonscience majors. Plants and the environment, including basic ecological principles and major issues such as global warming and the biodiversity crisis; plants and society, including foods, beverages, medic... More
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Population Geography (URB 305; GRG 309)

Population size, distribution, and characteristics are related to a wide variety of geographic, social, economic, political, and environmental issues and problems. With that in mind, this course examines population proce... More
Centers & Institutes

Population Research Center

The Population Research Center (PRC) is an interdisciplinary research and training unit of the University of Texas at Austin (UT) that provides infrastructure support services and project development support for a very p... More
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Public Health in Global Context (N 390D)

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Public Health Nursing (N 275)

Public health nursing models and the nursing process as they are used to plan for the health of aggregates and communities. Description and analysis of formal and informal community systems and health care delivery syste... More
Research & Initiatives

Public Understanding of Science and Health (PUSH)

PUSH is a research and teaching initiative of the College of Communication with the mission to improve the public's understanding of - and engagement with - science and health topics. PUSH aims to facilitate relationship... More
Research & Initiatives

Quality Growth Toolbox

Under the leadership of Professors Robert Paterson, Rachael Rawlins and Chandra Bhat, with support from partners Envision Central Texas, UT’s Center for Transportation Research and CSD, faculty and students have develo... More
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Radioactive Waste Management (CE 377K; ME 389E)

This course is designed to provide a fundamental understanding of sources of radiation, ionizing radiation, its interaction with matter and living tissues, radioactive decay kinetics, external and internal radiation d... More
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Religion, Environment, and Society (GRG 356T; REE 345; RS 373)

The ongoing ‘ clash of civilization’ in the modern world derives in part from profound differences in religious systems and traditions, environmental attitudes and societal norms and taboos. Over the course of the se... More
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Reporting on our Changing Environment: Australia (J 346F; J 362F; J 395; GRG 356)

The environment varies tremendously from place to place, and it is conceptualized very differently among individuals and cultures. According to research, environmental stories are consistently among the most important an... More
Research & Initiatives

Residential Self-Selection Effects in an Activity Time-use Behavior Model

This study presents a joint model system of residential location and activity time-use choices that considers a comprehensive set of activity-travel environment (ATE) variables, as well as sociodemographic variables, as ... More
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Right to the City: Social, Spatial and Environmental Justice (CRP 385C)

This is the third in an ongoing series of courses developed in partnership with community-based organizations in Austin. More
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Science & Law (LAW 397S)

Science is integral to our modern technological society and is used in myriad ways to formulate and challenge public policy. This seminar will examine issues of science policy and regulation as they arise in biotechnolog... More
Faculty & Staff

Siegel, Jeffrey

Dr. Siegel and his research team have ongoing research on HVAC filtration, portable air cleaners, protecting industrial and residential buildings from extraordinary events, particle resuspension, particle transport and d... More
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Social Change in Developing Nations (SOC 324K)

Overview of changing social structure in the Third World. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing. More
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Social Inequality, Health + Policy (BDP 101)

In this Forum Seminar, we explore the causes and consequences of disparities in health, life expectancy, and medical care delivery that exist in the world today and some of the ethical consequences of those disparities. ... More
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Sociocultural Influences on Health (N 382)

Factors associated with disparities in health status and health care among different social and cultural groups. More
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Sources of Indoor Air Pollution (CE 397)

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Faculty & Staff

Speed, Shannon

Dr. Speed's research interests include human rights, indigenous rights, gender, Mexico, and activist research in Latin America and Chiapas. Her courses address issues of sustainability as it relates to development, envir... More
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Sustainable Development (GRG 342C; GRG396T)

Historical and contemporary analysis of international development with a focus on the prospects for environmental sustainability. Asian Studies 342C and Geography 342C may not both be counted. More
Research & Initiatives

The Ecology of Rural HIV/AIDS: Forecasting HIV/AIDS Vulnerable Landscapes and Populations in the Okavango Delta, Botswana

Dr. Kelley A. Crews has been awarded a Fulbright Faculty Fellowship for 2009 – 2010 under the Africa Regional Research Program for her project “The Ecology of Rural HIV/AIDS: Forecasting HIV/AIDS Vulnerable Landscape... More
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The Spread and Evolution of Parasites on Host Networks

Contact network epidemiology is a new and powerful mathematical approach to study the ecology of infectious diseases. It involves building realistic models of the complex host contact patterns that underlie disease trans... More
Faculty & Staff

Torres, Rebecca

Rebecca Torres has worked in diverse topics related to rural development and reduction of poverty in Latin America and in the Southern United States. Her research includes migration, agricultural change, and touristic de... More
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Transportation, Environment, and Health (CRP 384)

This course offers an interdisciplinary perspective on the major health and public policy concerns focusing on the linkage between transportation and environmental issues. Externalities of transportation planning such as... More
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Twentieth-Century U.S. Social Movements (AMS 390; HIS 385)

This graduate seminar explores how people collectively have rallied for social change in the United States in the decades following World War II. Analyzing the concept of “social movement” from a historical perspecti... More
Faculty & Staff

Wagner, Wendy

Professor Wagner is a leading authority on the use of science by environmental policy-makers. She received a Masters of Environmental Studies in 1984 and her law degree in 1987, both from Yale, where she was Senior Edito... More
Faculty & Staff

Warner, David

At the LBJ School, Professor Warner has directed policy research projects on a variety of health and mental health topics. Among his publications are Toward New Human Rights, more than forty articles and book chapters, a... More
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Water and Wastewater Treatment: Biological Wastewater Treatment and Sludge Processing (CE 385L.2 )

Application of Biological Chemical and Physical Principles to the Analysis and Design of Biological Processes for the Treatment of Municipal and Industrial Wastewater and Sludge. More
Faculty & Staff

Wilson, Kristopher

Dr. Wilson's scholarly research analyzes press coverage of climate change, factors that influence global warming reporting, and public (mis)understanding of mediated science. His peer-reviewed work has been published in ... More