Department of Geography and the Environment

Jules R. Elkins


LecturerPh.D., University of California at Berkeley

Jules R. Elkins

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Biography


Dr. Elkins’s research and teaching is in environmental health, and healthy indoor environments. She is particularly interested in low-dose chemical exposures, especially during the period from preconception to early childhood. Her interests focus on how exposures can be practically and cost-effectively reduced or prevented based on evidence-based models of what interventions measurably work. Specific projects and work includes exposures in schools from poorly ventilated classrooms, exposures from proximity to highly trafficked roadways, and maternal and child exposures from the food they eat. Dr. Elkins is particularly interested in the concept of the Healthy City. Given that we increasingly live in an urbanized world, how can we design away our environmental health problems, and what are the evidence-based outcomes from such design, considering both health and economic metrics? Dr. Elkins also speaks and consults on constructing healthy buildings. This includes choosing healthy materials, optimizing healthy design, and evidence-based outcomes of exposures in indoor environments. This work ranges from green buildings to building for clients with chemical sensitivities.

Courses


GRG 356 • Children's Envirnmntl Hlth

36955 • Spring 2018
Meets MW 2:30PM-4:00PM GDC 1.406

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Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

GRG 356T • Human Health & Environment

37000 • Spring 2018
Meets MW 8:30AM-10:00AM CLA 1.108

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GRG 357 • Medical Geography

37015 • Spring 2018
Meets MW 1:00PM-2:30PM BUR 220

The geographic distribution, expansion, and contraction of the infectious diseases that have the greatest influence in shaping human societies today: malaria, AIDS, and others. 

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

GRG 356 • Children's Envirnmntl Hlth

37440 • Fall 2017
Meets TTH 8:00AM-9:30AM CLA 1.108

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Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

GRG 356T • Human Health & Environment

37465 • Fall 2017
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM CLA 1.102

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GRG 357 • Medical Geography

37470 • Fall 2017
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM SZB 330

The geographic distribution, expansion, and contraction of the infectious diseases that have the greatest influence in shaping human societies today: malaria, AIDS, and others. 

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

GRG 356T • Human Health & Environment

37425 • Spring 2017
Meets TTH 8:00AM-9:30AM CLA 1.108

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GRG 357 • Medical Geography

37430 • Spring 2017
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM CLA 0.104

The geographic distribution, expansion, and contraction of the infectious diseases that have the greatest influence in shaping human societies today: malaria, AIDS, and others. 

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

GRG 356 • Children's Envirnmntl Hlth

37230 • Fall 2016
Meets TTH 8:00AM-9:30AM CLA 1.108

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Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

GRG 357 • Medical Geography

37255 • Fall 2016
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM CLA 1.108

The geographic distribution, expansion, and contraction of the infectious diseases that have the greatest influence in shaping human societies today: malaria, AIDS, and others. 

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

GRG 356 • Children's Envirnmntl Hlth

36615 • Spring 2016
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM CLA 1.108

Each year, hundreds of chemicals are found in Americans of all ages, including lead, mercury, dioxins and PCBs. Studies have detected antibacterial agents from liquid soaps in infants' cord blood, breast milk, and children’s urine. PBDEs, or flame retardants, which can have negative impacts on learning and memory, show up in fabrics, upholstery, mattresses, and electronics, and leach out into household air and dust. News magazines call autism an ‘epidemic.’ Pollution is an affliction of the industrial age, and remains one of the most vexing unintended consequences of economic growth.

This course discusses these contemporary, and often controversial, issues in environmental health, focusing on how today's environmental issues directly affect children. Environmental contaminants often affect children differently, and more intensely, than they do adults. Pound-for-pound, children eat more food, drink more water, and breathe more air than do adults, which exposes them to higher levels of toxicants. Children engage in activities differently than do adults, such as putting their hands in their mouths, playing on the ground, and putting objects in their mouths, which can result in more intense exposures to contaminants. In addition, environmental contaminants may affect children disproportionately because children are not fully developed - environmental contaminants can interfere with critical pathways of development, their immune systems are not fully functioning, and their ability to remove toxins is less effective.

GRG 356T • Human Health & Environment

36510 • Fall 2015
Meets TTH 8:00AM-9:30AM CLA 1.108

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GRG 357 • Medical Geography

36515 • Fall 2015
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM CLA 1.102

The geographic distribution, expansion, and contraction of the infectious diseases that have the greatest influence in shaping human societies today: malaria, AIDS, and others. 

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

GRG 356 • Children's Envirnmntl Hlth

36703 • Spring 2015
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM CMA 3.114

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Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

GRG 357 • Medical Geography

36735 • Spring 2015
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM ETC 2.114

The geographic distribution, expansion, and contraction of the infectious diseases that have the greatest influence in shaping human societies today: malaria, AIDS, and others. 

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

GRG 357 • Medical Geography

37625 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM CLA 1.108

GRG 357 MEDICAL GEOGRAPHY

The geographic distribution, expansion, and contraction of the infectious diseases that have the greatest influence in shaping human societies today: malaria, AIDS, and others.

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

GRG 356 • Children's Envirnmntl Health

37820 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM CLA 1.102

Topics include environmental assessment methods and techniques, the conservation movement, and climate and people.

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

May be counted toward the ethics and leadership flag requirement.

Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

GRG 357 • Medical Geography

37875 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM CLA 0.122

GRG 357 MEDICAL GEOGRAPHY

The geographic distribution, expansion, and contraction of the infectious diseases that have the greatest influence in shaping human societies today: malaria, AIDS, and others.

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

GRG 356T • Human Health & The Environment

37503 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM PAR 304
(also listed as URB 350)

GRG 356T HUMAN HEALTH & THE ENVIRONMENT

 

Prerequisite: Varies with the topic and is given in the Course Schedule.

Designed to accommodate 35 or fewer students. Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

MEETS WITH URB 350.

GRG 357 • Medical Geography

37428 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM BEN 1.124

GRG 357 MEDICAL GEOGRAPHY

The geographic distribution, expansion, and contraction of the infectious diseases that have the greatest influence in shaping human societies today: malaria, AIDS, and others.

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

GRG 357 • Medical Geography

37378 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM GRG 312

The geographic distribution, expansion, and contraction of the infectious diseases that have the greatest influence in shaping human societies today: malaria, AIDS, and others. 

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

GRG 357 • Medical Geography

37200 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM GRG 312

This course serves as an introduction to the sub-discipline of medical geography. Medical geography deals with human-environment interactions and the influence that these interactions have on public health, and encompasses a broad range of geographical work on health and health care. In this class, we will consider these issues by focusing particularly on the nexus between environmental exposures and human health outcomes. We will consider questions such as: How can concepts from geography help us to better understand health and wellbeing? How do geographic tools – such as mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) – help us tackle questions in health research? This course is designed to help you to begin thinking about the complexities that geography brings to topics related to health and to provide you with some tools for studying geographic differences in health and health services. Putting data into a geographic context provides a window from which to examine possible geographic differences in health outcomes and develop public health strategies to reduce disease and improve the health of communities.


The class will focus on several distinct topical areas:

  1. Global health and disparity, including population pressures, infectious disease, and issues unique to less developed nations;
  2. Health transitions and issues centered in wealthier nations;
  3. Epidemiology, and the unique challenges in analyzing environmental causes of human morbidity and mortality.

GRG 356T • Human Health & The Environment

37380 • Spring 2010
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM GRG 312

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GRG 356T • Human Health & The Environment

37785 • Fall 2009
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM GRG 316

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GRG 356T • Human Health & The Environment

36797 • Spring 2009
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM GRG 316

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GRG 356T • Human Health & The Environment

38042 • Fall 2008
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM GRG 316

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    Austin, TX 78712
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