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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

Expiration Date – 03/07/18

CE Available

.75 CME (for physicians)

.75 CME (attendance for non-physicians)

.5 CNE (for nurses)

.06 CEU (for other professionals)

Accreditation Statements

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