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[BSc], GPH, EES, S

Admission Requirements



A good understanding of biology is fundamental for understanding many of the challenges we face with regards to environmental sustainability and public health. This course aims to give students insight in important biological concepts at different levels of biological organization, including genetics, cell structure, physiology and whole organism responses.

Next, we will discuss four important systems which are key in global public health and/or ecosystem health, including the endocrine system, the immune system, respiratory system and the cardiovascular system. Case studies from both the field of human and ecosystem health will be used to demonstrate how these systems can be affected.

Course Objectives


  • Students can define and discuss key concepts in biology at different scales, ranging from molecular to individual level;

  • Students can describe important biological systems, including the endocrine system, the immune system and the cardiovascular system.


  • Students can evaluate the strengths and weaknesses in scientific studies (e.g. published work, government reports, or peer-projects).

  • Students can examine the scientific literature and highlight future areas of research.

Mode of Instruction

The main mode of instruction will center around lectures and discussions on current topics on environmental sciences. In addition, students are required to complete individual and group assignments.


Biology: A Global Approach Global Edition by Neil A. Campbell, Jane B. Reece. ISBN: 9781292008653

Contact Information

Dr.Thijs Bosker,