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Ocean and Human Health

Integrating disciplines to improve health

Ocean and coastal areas experience extensive environmental stresses, and those stresses affect the health of marine systems and the health of humans. Exposure to an array of organic pollutants through contaminated seafood and recreational bathing in affected coastal waters has generated tens of millions of marine-originated diseases over time.

As a student in this concentration, you will gain an interdisciplinary understanding of factors leading to the environmental degradation of ocean and coastal environments and the associated threat to health of humans and marine life.

Related areas of study

  • Familiarity with fundamental concepts in biology, chemistry, physics, and math as well as knowledge of ecology and marine science
  • Familiarity with concepts of public health, epidemiology, and human nutrition
  • Familiarity with concepts of fisheries science and management and integrated coastal management
  • Understanding of basic concepts in aquatic toxicology

Learning outcomes

  • Integrate a broad range of disciplinary fields to identify processes and impacts that affect the connection between ocean and human health
  • Learn how to develop and implement a more comprehensive research and management strategy to effectively mitigate risks
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