CHL5413H - PUBLIC HEALTH SANITATION

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. James Scott, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
OFFICE: 223 College St, Rm 118
TEL: +1 416 946 8778
EMAIL: james.scott@utoronto.ca

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course will focus on sanitary innovations as a basis for the advancement of modern societies. Topics discussed will include 1) agricultural systems/ food safety & security, 2) drinking water treatment, waste water & sewage treatment, 3) solid waste management, and 4) pests. The course will consist of classroom lectures and off-site field visits to: a) food processing plant, b) water filtration plant, c) waste water treatment plant, d) anaerobic digestion plant and e) vector testing laboratory. Students will be required to have safety boots for the 4 plant visits (must be CSA-approved with a yellow or green triangle).

SCHEDULE AND TIMING:
The class will meet weekly M9-12 in Gage Bldg rm 104. Note that these field visits may involve meeting earlier than 9:00 AM, and sometimes return later than noon. Click here to download the course syllabus.

READINGS:
Two sizeable readings and several smaller supplementary readings will be assigned for course. Nearly a third of your mark will be based on in-class discussion based on the lecture and reading content, so it will be essential to complete assigned readings prior to the lecture.


2015 LECTURE SCHEDULE:
DATE TOPIC
14 Sep 2015 Topic: Food Security
Lecturer: Dr. Obidimma Ezezika, DLSPH
Readings:
  • Leah M Ashe, Roberta Sonnino. 2013. At the crossroads: new paradigms of food security, public health nutrition and school food Public Health Nutrition 16(6): 1020-1027.
  • Sharon Friel, Laura Ford. 2015. Systems, food security and human health Food Security. 7(2): 437-451.

  • 21 Sep 2015 Topic: Food safety and leadership
    Lecturer: Dr. Obidimma Ezezika, DLSPH
    Readings:
  • Maciej Mikulsen, Alan P. Diduck. 2013. A fresh perspective on food safety in Canada: risk communication, public involvement, and the impact of the 2008 listeriosis outbreak. Environmental Hazards 12(2): 148-165.
  • William S. Boddie, Luis Kun. 2014. Global food safety product management: a holistic, integrated, strategic approach (proposed). Health and Technology 4(2): 135-143.

  • 28 Sep 2015 Topic: Field trip - TBA
    Host: TBA
    [meet at Gage Bldg at 8 am]

    05 Oct 2015 Topic: Drinking water
    Lecturer: Stephanie Gora, Dept of Civil Engineering, U of T
    Reading: George R. 2008.The big necessity: The unmentionable world of human waste and why it matters. New York: Henry Holt & Co., Chapters 1-4.

    12 Oct 2015 THANKSGIVING - NO LECTURE

    19 Oct 2015 Topic: Drinking water treatment plant visit
    Host: RC Harris Water Filtration Plant/ Shanil Persaud
    [meet at Gage Bldg at 8 am] Reading: George R. 2008.The big necessity: The unmentionable world of human waste and why it matters. New York: Henry Holt & Co., Chapters 5-7.

    26 Oct 2015 Topic: Municipal waste water treatment
    Lecturer: Cordell Samuels, Region of Durham
    Reading: George R. 2008.The big necessity: The unmentionable world of human waste and why it matters. New York: Henry Holt & Co., Chapters 8-10.

    A take-home midterm test will be distributed at the end of this class, due Nov 2, 2015.

    02 Nov 2015 Topic: Waste water treatment plant visit
    Host: Ashbridges Bay Water Treatment Plant
    [meet at plant office at 8:45 am]
    Reading: Michael Cook's articles on Garrison Creek, Sherbourne Common and Toronto's east-end sewers.

    09 Nov 2105 Topic: Solid waste management
    Lecturer: TBA
    Readings: Article 1, Article 2, Supplementary Table 1, Supplementary Table 2

    16 Nov 2015 Topic: Recycling/ Digester Plant Visit
    Host: Disco Road Transfer Station
    [meet at transfer station office at 8:45 am]

    23 Nov 2015 Topic: Allergic asthma, cockroaches, dust mites, bedbugs, rats, mice
    Lecturer: Dr. James Scott, DLSPH
    Reading: Bonnefoy X, Kampen H, Sweeney K. 2008. Public health significance of urban pests. World Health Organisation: Geneva, Chapters 1-4

    30 Nov 2015 Topic: Vector-borne diseases, mosquitoes, fleas, lice, ticks, IPM
    Lecturer: Dr. Curtis Russell, Public Health Ontario
    Reading: Bonnefoy X, Kampen H, Sweeney K. 2008. Public health significance of urban pests. World Health Organisation: Geneva, Chapters 5,9-11,15

    07 Dec 2015 Topic: Vector surveillance lab visit
    Host: Mike Saleh
    [meet at Sporometrics at 9 am]

    14 Dec 2015 FINAL EXAMINATION

    EVALUATION:

    • A take-home mid-term test will be distributed at the end of class on October 26, 2015 and due on November 2, 2015. All readings and lectures up to that point will be included on the mid-term test. The mid-term test will be worth 22 % of your final mark in the course.
    • It is essential that you come to each lecture prepared and having read the assigned readings. Following each lecture, students will be teamed-up in groups of 2-3 and assigned a discussion question related to the readings and the lecture content. Groups will be given ~10 min to prepare a response to their assigned question. Each group will then be given 5 min to present their response to the class and be responsible for moderating a 5-10 min general discussion on the question. Each student will then be graded for participation in a structured class discussion, and each exercise will account for 4 % of the overall course grade (28 % in total).
    • During each of the 5 field trips, you will be required to complete an assignment that will be handed in at the conclusion of the field trip, each worth 5 % of your overall grade (25 % in total).
    • A final written examination will be held from 9-12 AM on December 14, 2015 and will account for 25 % of your final mark. All material covered in the course, including readings, will be tested.