Epidemiology and Toxicology in Engineering Education

by David Gute, Tufts Univ, Medford, United States,
N. Bruce Hanes, Tufts Univ, Medford, United States,
John Talty, Tufts Univ, Medford, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Environmental Engineering

Abstract: The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET) first articulated an interest in providing undergraduate engineers with background in occupational health and safety issues by revising the criteria for accreditation by incorporating, 'an understanding of the engineer's responsibility to protect both occupational and public health and safety' within these criteria in 1986. This language is found in the current 1990-1991 Criteria for Accrediting Programs in Engineering in the United States as published by ABET. This paper reports on an educational module developed by the authors under a contract with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in response to this criterion and in support of NIOSH Project Shape (Safety/Health Awareness for Preventive Engineering). The five units represent materials which will allow instructors to introduce the basic concepts of toxicology and epidemiology to undergraduate engineers as well as to provide them with definitions of key importance and a series of practical examples demonstrating relevance to the practice of engineering.

Subject Headings: Engineering education | Occupational safety | Toxicity | Accreditation | Health hazards | Undergraduate study | North America | United States

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