546-0157/01 – Brownfields and their impact on public health (BVZ)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Environmental EngineeringCredits2
Subject guarantorMgr. Kristina Čabanová, Ph.D.Subject version guarantorMgr. Kristina Čabanová, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementChoice-compulsory type B
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2020/2021Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesHGFIntended for study typesFollow-up Master
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
PIK012 Mgr. Kristina Čabanová, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Credit 0+2
Part-time Credit 0+8

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

The aim of the course is to define the risk factors associated with brownfields. Evaluate the information obtained and assess the degree of risk of impact on public health.

Teaching methods



Students will gain knowledge on assessment of the impact of brownfields have on public health. These are mainly physical, chemical and socio-economic factors. The information obtained will lead not only to the knowledge on the risks and exposure but also to the possibility of reducing all the risk factors with an effect on the individual health.

Compulsory literature:

GRUIZ K. et al. ed. Environmental toxicology. Boca Raton: CRC Press,Taylor & Francis Group, 2015. Engineering tools for environmental risk management, 2. ISBN 978-1-138-00155-8. Central European Journal of Public Health; https://cejph.szu.cz/. United States Environmental Protection Agency – US EPA; (cit. 28.5.2020). Available from: https://www.epa.gov/brownfields. LIMASSET E. et al. Points of attention in designing tools for regional brownfield prioritization. Science of the Total Environment, 2018, 622: 997-1008. DOI 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.11.168. BEERMAN L. et al. Improving Community Health: Brownfields and Health Monitoring cit 29.5.2020. Available from: https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/brownfields/docs/improving_community_health.pdf

Recommended literature:

ILLING H. P. A. Toxicity and risk: context, principles and practice. London: Taylor & Francis, 2001. ISBN 0-415-23371-2. HODGSON E. ed.: A Textbook of Modern Toxicology. Third edition, A JOHN WILEY & SONS, INC., PUBLICATION, 2004. 582 p. (cit. 28.5.2020). Available from: http://www2.hcmuaf.edu.vn/data/quoctuan/A%20Textbook%20of%20Modern%20Toxicology,%203rd%20ed%202004(2).pdf. WU Q. et al. The de-industrialization, re-suburbanization and health risks of brownfield land reuse: Case study of a toxic soil event in Changzhou, China. Land use policy, 2018, 74: 187-194.DOI 10.1016/j.landusepol.2017.07.039. LITT J. et al. Examining urban brownfields through the public health" macroscope". Environmental Health Perspectives, 2002, 110.suppl 2: 183-193. DOI 10.1289/ehp.02110s2183.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

Verification of acquired knowledge is realized in the form of control tests and presentations.


Other requirements

Attendance at seminars, Completion of ongoing tasks. Passing the final test.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. Public health - terminology. 2. Risk, exposition – terminology 3. Exposure assessment, dose-response relationship. 4. Chemical, physical, and socio-economic factors. 5. Nois and vibration 6. Suspended and resuspended dust, fume 7. Impact of dust on human health, traffic 8. Chemical contamination 9. Toxicity and carcinogenicity 10. Damage to the natural environment 11. Aesthetics, visual pollution 12. Crime, antisocial behavior 13. Decline in property prices, increase in rents 14. The importance of reclamation for human health

Conditions for subject completion

Conditions for completion are defined only for particular subject version and form of study

Occurrence in study plans

Academic yearProgrammeField of studySpec.ZaměřeníFormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2020/2021 (N0724A290007) Brownfields Technical Redevelopment K Czech Most 2 Choice-compulsory type B study plan
2020/2021 (N0724A290007) Brownfields Technical Redevelopment K Czech Ostrava 2 Choice-compulsory type B study plan
2020/2021 (N0724A290007) Brownfields Technical Redevelopment P Czech Ostrava 2 Choice-compulsory type B study plan

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