January 3, 2008

The course will meet for five 2-hour sessions throughout the winter quarter beginning January 16th. It has been designed to introduce health care students to a range of issues in environmental health, including health effects of air and water pollution, chemical toxicants in consumer products, and ways that health care providers can intervene to prevent or mitigate these health threats. The course will include both global issues such as climate change, and local issues in the Bay Area.

Four SF Bay Area PSR steering committee members, each expert in various aspects of environmental health, will be among the faculty for the course: Robert Gould, M.D. (chapter president); Gina Solomon, M.D., M.P.H. (chapter vice-president); Tom Hall, M.D., Dr.P.H.; and Sarah Janssen, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

This course represents a powerful opportunity to further the goals of Physicians For Social Responsibility by conveying the urgency and gravity of the environmental problems we face directly to the next generation of health care leaders who can, in turn, raise their voices in speaking to these important issues.