Environmental health has been established as a practice domain for professional nurses. Consideration of the relationship between human health and our environment, including air (indoor and out), water, food, and products is an important part of nursing assessments for individuals and the community. Understanding the multi-disciplinary and multi-agency roles in environmental health is critical to playing a successful role in protecting the environmental and public health. This 12-credit certificate program will prepare nurses to engage in environmental health activities within health care settings, including local and state health departments, regulatory agencies, and non-profit/advocacy organizations. Participants who complete the program will be able to:
This certificate is open to professional nurses who seek to develop skills in the new and emerging field of environmental health. To be eligible for the program, students must be a registered nurse and have a bachelor’s degree or be enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON). Accepted graduate students may complete the certificate concurrently with their graduate studies. Students who are not enrolled in a graduate program at UMSON can complete the certificate in three semesters starting either in the fall or spring.
To apply, click here: https://www.simsweb.umaryland.edu/pls/SIMS/bwskalog.P_DispLoginNon.
Once you create your account and log in, select the CERTIFICATE option, then Environmental Health.
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Office of Student and Academic Services
655 West Lombard Street, Suite 102
Baltimore, MD 21201
|Fall||NURS 730*||Environmental Health||3|
|Summer||NURS 735||Applied Toxicology||3|
|Fall||NURS 764||Advanced Environmental Health||3|
|Variable||XXX**||Environmental Health Option||3|
*NURS 730 is offered in both the spring and fall semesters.
**A range of environmental health courses are available and noted in the Courses tab. This flexibility is built into the certificate to allow the student an opportunity to extensively explore a specific aspect of environmental health. This course selection must be approved by the program director. NOTE: Not all the options listed below are offered in the fall.
NURS 730 Environmental Health
This course explores the relationship between human health and the environment. Students learn the basic assessment techniques to determining risks in their personal lives and in the health care setting. They explore the nature of environmental justice, current environmental health policies, and have an opportunity to focus on an area of specific interest. Each student is responsible for a class presentation on their area of interest.
NURS 735 Applied Toxicology
This course was developed by nurses for nurses with an understanding that most nurses have not taken biochemistry. The course provides nurses with a basic understanding of the physiology of toxicological mechanisms. It also uses common exposures to examine toxicological data, assess risk, communicate about the risk, and consider how policies are determined in light of the risk data.
NURS 764 Advanced Environmental Health
This course introduces students to a more in-depth exploration of a number of environmental health issues including air pollution, heavy metals, pesticides, climate change, and agriculturally and food-related exposures and concerns. During the course of the semester the student is expected to prepare a paper on an environmental health topic of their choice for a nursing publication. This mentored process includes student peer-to-peer reviews.
System-wise, the University of Maryland has a number of schools that collectively provide students with a multitude of choices to explore an additional area of environmental health or population-based health studies. The following are some examples, but not an exhaustive list:
|University of Maryland School of Nursing|
|NURS 769||Society, Health, and Social Justice|
|NURS 664||Critical Issues in Global Health|
|NURS 622||Systems and Population Health Care|
|NURS 671||Epidemiological Assessment Strategies|
|NURS 761||Populations at Risk in Community/Public Health|
|University of Maryland School of Medicine|
|SOM 611||Exposure, Risk, and Public Health|
|SOM 600||Principles of Epidemiology|
|University of Maryland, College Park|
|EPIB 610||Foundations of Epidemiology|
|EPIB 622||Social Determinants of Health|
|EPIB 623||Epidemiology of Health Disparities|
|EPIB 624||Genetics and Public Health|
|HLTH 606||Foundations of Public Health Education|
|HLTH 665||Health Behavior I|
|HLTH 670||Public Health Informatics and Communication|
|ENST 647||Advanced Biodiversity, Ecology, and Human Health|
|GEOG 600||Introduction to Human Geography|
|GEOG 614||Human Dimensions of Global Change|
|GEOG 635||Population and Environment|
|MIEH 600||Foundations in Environmental Health|
|MIEH 710||Major Environmental Pollutants|
|MIEH 740||Environmental Health Risk Assessment|
|MIEH 770||Law and Policy in Environmental Health|
|MIEH 773||Biological Contaminants in the Environment|
|University of Maryland, Baltimore County|
|GES 601||Introduction to Geography and Environmental Systems|
|GES 636||Global Environmental Issues|
Robyn Gilden, PhD, RN, assistant professor and director of the Environmental Health Certificate
Rebecca Shelley, PhD, RN, assistant professor