Environmental Health & Public Lands

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In this course, you will develop an understanding of how the health of the environment directly affects human health. We will discuss issues related to the contamination of public lands and the importance of regulating chemicals. We will also explore how environmental health is directly influenced by legal actions.





Welcome to Environmental Health & Public Lands. The first two courses in this series provided an orientation to the major concepts pertaining to human health and natural environments. We have developed different definitions and meanings for the terms nature, natural environment, and health. We have also reflected on the different elements that are or are not part of a natural environment. This course will identify environmental health as a contributing factor in the relationship between human health and natural environments.

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Course Schedule

This course is self-paced to allow you greater flexibility. You are free to move at your own speed, and you decide the order and progression in which you move through the course. You can also revisit and review sections in greater depth as needed.

Elements of the course:

  • Supplemental resources
  • Engaging video
  • Final assessment

Following the course, you will complete an assessment which requires you to demonstrate your understanding of key course concepts. Upon successful completion of the assessment you will be awarded an electronic certificate of completion.

Course Chapters

  • Environmental Health, an Introduction
  • Monitoring, Oversight & Challenges
  • Parks and Recreation & Environmental Health

After completing this course, learners should be able to:

  • List the ways in which characteristics of natural environments can affect human health.
  • Discuss the adverse health outcomes that may occur from interacting with nature.
  • Describe the relationship between environmental health and public lands.

Recommended Background

Environmental Health & Public Lands is geared towards park and recreation professionals and students in park, recreation, public health, and related disciplines. No prior knowledge is required to take this course. This course is recommended to be completed third in this series.


Aside from an internet connection, what resources will I need for the course?

No additional resources are required for this course.

Will I get a certificate after completing the course?

Yes! All courses include a final assessment to evaluate your understanding of key course concepts. A certificate of completion will be offered to you if you complete the assessment with a score of 80% or higher.

Why should I take this course?

Each Eppley e-course is designed collaboratively among experienced instructional designers, subject matter experts, and our partner organizations and institutions. The course curriculum includes current information and best practices in the field, and it is recognized by national leaders in parks, recreation, and land management. Not only will this course benefit your career by expanding your knowledge base, but it will also enhance your application and problem-solving skills.

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