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School Environment, Health and Performance

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This course will focus on environmental exposures and pollutants within the school setting and their impact on human health at vulnerable stages of pediatric development, with consideration of risk reduction.

 Learning Objectives

  1. Identify areas of exposure in the school environment and the special susceptibilities of school populations
  2. Discuss the connections between a school’s indoor environment to both student health and academic performance
  3. Identify methods for creating a healthy indoor school environment
  4. Identify strategies to overcome barriers to maintaining a healthy indoor environment

Developed By


Larry Lowry, PhD
University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler
Tyler, Texas
Professor, Occupational Health Sciences
Senior Program Consultant, Southwest Center for Pediatric Environmental Health
Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit, Region 6

Dr. Larry Lowry served as the Director of the Southwest Center for Pediatric Health (SWCPH) from 2001-2014. He is the current Senior Program Consultant to the SWCPEH/PEHSU Region 6 sited at Texas Tech School of Medicine, El Paso. He has extensive experience in health risk communication with schools and school nurses. 

Approximate Completion Time

60 minutes

Continuing Education Information

This course qualifies as continuing education for physicians, nurses, certified health education specialists and other professionals provided by the Centers for Disease Control and its partners.

Origination Date – 03/07/16

Renewal Date - 03/07/18

Expiration Date – 03/07/20

CE Available

.75 CME (for physicians)

.75 CME (attendance for non-physicians)

.6 CNE (for nurses)

.1 CEU (for other professionals)


CME activities with Joint Providers: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and American College of Medical Toxicology. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited by the (ACCME®) to provide medical education for physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. 

CNE:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited as a provider of Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This activity provides 0.6 contact hours.

CEU:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer 0.1 CEU's for this program.

CDC, our planners, content experts, and their spouses/partners wish to disclose they have no financial interests or other relationships with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters with the exception of Charles A. McKay and h/she wishes to disclose _that he is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council, Environmental Health Research Foundation (EHRF). EHRF addresses issues related to biomonitoring, a topic that is also relevant to some of the activities. EHRF receives funding from sources that includes industry. Dr. McKay has reviewed and written material for the EHRF that could create a perceived conflict of interest regarding environmental chemical exposure assessment/measurement___.

Planning committee discussed conflict of interest with Dr. Charles A. McKay to ensure there is no bias.

Content will not include any discussion of the unlabeled use of a product or a product under investigational use.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and American College of Medical Toxicology are jointly providing the CNE for this activity.

CDC did not accept commercial support for this activity.

This material was supported by the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) and funded (in part) by the cooperative agreement FAIN: U61TS000238-03 from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).

Acknowledgement: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports the PEHSU by providing partial funding to ATSDR under Inter-Agency Agreement number DW-75-95877701. Neither EPA nor ATSDR endorse the purchase of any commercial products or services mentioned in PEHSU publications.

Training Material

  • Pre-Test
  • Part I: Identifying Problems
  • Part II: Implementing Solutions
  • Post-Test
  • Evaluation
  • How To Obtain Continuing Education Credit