Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Dissecting the Post-Spill Impact

Course Description:

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill and residual oil continues to require follow-up by public health professionals. Conflicting reports from various scientific groups and governmental agencies contribute to a lingering concern about the effects of the oil. For instance, the Food and Drug Administration and state health agencies have conducted extensive monitoring, however, many consumers are still uncertain about the safety of Gulf seafood. Fear from possible long-term effects of the oil spill and the economic impact on fishermen and the tourist industry continues to impact the Gulf Coast increasing stress and contributing to mental health issues.

Target Audience

Academic Faculty/Staff, Federal Government Employees, State Government Employees, Local Government Employees, Non-Government Employees and Students

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the seafood monitoring program to insure the safety of the consumption of Gulf seafood
  • Discuss conflicting reports on the amount of oil remaining in the Gulf and the impact of dispersants
  • Describe possible routes of exposure and health effects from the components of oil
  • Describe issues of stress during disasters and mental health effects
  • Discuss risk perception, influence of news media on beliefs, and the importance of clear and consistent messaging from health agencies
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 Participation/CE
    Tulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 2.00 hour(s) of credit for completing Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Dissecting the Post-Spill Impact
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Dr. LuAnn White

LuAnn White, Phd, DABT
Director, Tulane Center for Applied Environmental Public Health
Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
New Orleans, LA

LuAnn E. White, PhD, DABT, is the Director of the Tulane Center for Applied Environmental Health (CAEPH) at Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She is a toxicologist and professor in the Department of Environmental Health. She directs the Academic Partners of Excellence for the Environmental Public Health Tracking Network funded by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. She also directs the New Orleans Study Center for the NIH National Children's Study.

Dr. White's research focuses on environmental factors that impact children's health, particularly childhood lead poisoning and environmental triggers of asthma. She also studies other vulnerable population including the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the elderly. She also works on several studies with the EPHT network on the impact of air pollutants on respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. Dr. White has been a leader in developing models for environmental health training and education programs. She initiated the first master's degree programs in environmental and occupational health using distance learning technologies in 1994. Currently, CAEPH offers 4 master's degree programs by distance learning to build capacity among environmental and occupational health professionals.

Available Credit

  • 2.00 Participation/CE
    Tulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 2.00 hour(s) of credit for completing Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Dissecting the Post-Spill Impact


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