Environmental Health
Cod: 21099
Department: DCET
Scientific area: Health Sciences
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 26

Tthis curricular unit intendeds to give the student an overview about the relations between the environment where we live and our health and health problems.  For this purpose different themes that are crucial for the human health are discussed. The information about how to deal with our own mistakes that harm our health are kept to date. It is also intended to give the students the necessary tools to collect and integrate information in order to present and defend arguments and to make recommendations; Learning the methodology for the practice and promotion of policies in environmental health.

  1. Health
  2. Environment
  3. Pollution
  4. Food

1. To show the knowledge and the understanding of specific theories of concepts and principles in environmental health;
2. To understand the complex relationships that exist between the environment and people’s health;
3. The capacity to collect and integrate information from different sources related with the environment and with human health in order to present arguments or make recommendations;
4. The capacity to investigate the ethical, political and professionals dilemmas that lead to new practices for the promotion of environmental health;
5. The capacity to develop ways to promote environmental health considering the factors that are involved and relating them in a holistic way.

• We and the Environment
• Epidemiology
• Environment and Climate
  Climate change
  Climate and Health
  Health and Climate Change
  Climate and allergies
  Climate and parasites
• Nutrition and Environment
  Nutrition and Health
  Nutritional Risks
  Food parasites
  Metals in foodstuffs
• Noise pollution
  The human hearing  system
  Noise pollution
  Occupational noise
• Water
  Water needs
  The water and the formation of atmosphere
  Waterborne diseases
  Lyme disease
  The importance of heavy metals’ monitoring

“Ambiente, Higiene Alimentar e Saúde”
Carapeto, C.
E-book; Editora Leya on-line – 2013 (Formato e-Pub)
ISBN: 978-989-20-4012-7

Several texts available on the teaching platform


Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 or 3 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a presence-based final exam (p-folio) in the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final presence-based exam (100%).