Summer II Elective: PbuH 6199.11 Veterans, Deployment and Environmental Issues 1 Credit

Summer II 2016 – PubH 6199.11  Veterans, Deployment & Environmental Issues – 1 credit – Dr. David Goldsmith (Mondays, 6:10pm – 8:40pm from July 5 (Tues as Mon is a holiday) –Aug 8, 2016)

For more information, please email or call Dr. Goldsmith (, or call 202.549.1019)

This course examines the historical and current policy concerns about environmental exposures and the risks of illness among deployed troops and military veterans. The class will emphasize troops’ exposure during Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts, Vietnam, and the Gulf War.  It will examine the roles of DOD, the Veterans Administration, and the Institute of Medicine in health protection, exposure monitoring, health research, and policies regarding service-connected disabilities. Current topics such as sexual assault, the increase of women vets, and delays in VA disability benefits, burn pits, and PTSD/traumatic brain injuries will be included.  Students will write a paper and make a short presentation on a topic of interest.  Both written and oral communication will be emphasized throughout the course. There is *no* exam.

This class is a must for anyone seeking a job at the Veterans Administration (VA) or with Tricare, or who seeks a research or policy position that addresses the health of active duty military or veterans.

Examples of current news stories that will be covered in the course:

Dr. David Goldsmith is an occupational and environmental epidemiologist, and was a Fulbright academic fellow in 2014 at the University of Manitoba.  In addition to his long-time affiliation with the George Washington University, he has also worked at the Veteran’s Administration (VA).

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