E012: Housing Sanitation and Safety

Course Description:

This course provides an introduction to housing sanitation and safety issues in America. The relationship between home environmental factors and health is the focus of the course. Emphasis is placed on how to identify and remediate unhealthy home conditions. Specific health topics such as lead poisoning prevention, asthma and injury are the focus.

Target Audience

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

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the connection between housing and health. Be able to relate specific health effects to housing conditions
  • Understand the principles of healthy housing. Be able to identify key federal agencies working on healthy homes policy
  • Describe the relevance of housing code to healthy housing
  • Name three ways indoor air quality can be impacted inside a home
  • Identify at least 3 child safety hazards inside a home
  • Describe populations at greatest risk for health problems in substandard housing
  • Explain ways that healthy homes inspectors can improve the health of a home
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 3.00 Participation/CE
    Tulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 3.00 hour(s) of credit for completing E012: Housing Sanitation and Safety
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Genevieve Birkby
Genevieve Birkby, MA, MPH

Genevieve Birkby, MA, MPH currently serves as Deputy Director for Community Programs for the Lead, Asthma & Injury Prevention Bureau, Healthy Homes Division, Baltimore City Health Department. She has worked in community-based public health initiatives since 2001, currently overseeing community-based healthy homes initiatives and a community-based environmental health project.  She has previous experience coordinating a faith-based, lay health educator-led community partnership in breast and cervical cancer prevention in Chicago, and has worked in the BCHD Healthy Homes Division coordinating a CDC Healthy Housing demonstration grant.

Available Credit

  • 3.00 Participation/CE
    Tulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 3.00 hour(s) of credit for completing E012: Housing Sanitation and Safety


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