Course detail

Ecology in Healthcare

FEKT-AEKZAcad. year: 2018/2019

The course deals with the basic laws of ecology, the environment and human ekotoxikology and exposure to noise, vibration, electrostatic, magnetic and electromagnetic fields, radioecology, light, heat. Attention is paid to environmental monitoring and maximum concentrations and doses, protection from the harmful effects of chemical and physical fields. Discussed the working environment hygiene and safety in health care, integrated rescue system, waste from medical facilities and assessing the impact on the environment.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Graduate of this course is able to:
- explain the basic laws of ecology,
- enumerate the parameters of the biological needs of human being and environment,
- describe the parameters of noise, vibration and ultrasound in the environment and describe their effects on humans,
- explain the origin of electrostatic and magnetic fields of the Earth,
- describe the interaction of electromagnetic fields and radiation with biological structures,
- interpret hygienic limits physical fields in the environment,
- explain the principle of environmental audits and assessments of environmental impact,
- describe the integrated emergency system
- discuss the principles of hazardous waste management.
The acquired knowledge significantly affect the behavior of technicians in the environment and contribute to their adequate qualifications in health facilities.


Student who writes this article should be able to: - explain the basic principles of physical fields, - explain the basics of physical chemistry, - apply the basic principles and laws of electrotechnology, - interpret the basic units of physical quantities, - the basic principles of human biology and physiology. In general, knowledge is required on the secondary school level.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Rozman J Pospíchal Z..: Ekologické inženýrství. Phare, svazek 31,VŠB Ostrava 1996
Rozman J., Sadovský P., Čermák D.: Diagnostika životního prostředí. VUT FEI, Brno 2000
Životní prostředí. Sbírka zákonů, ÚZ č. 489, 2006
Kolektiv: Životní prostředí v ČR 1989-2004. Cenia, Praha 2005
Kiely G.: Environmental Engineering. Irvin, McGraw Hill, Boston, 1997 (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations. Teaching methods include lectures and practical laboratories. Course is taking advantage of e-learning systems.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Up to 40 points for lab - student gets points for 9 of the Protocol, and 1 thematic project,
up to 50 points for the written part of the exam,
10 points for the oral exam.
To successfully pass exam, you must obtain the written at least 10 points.
Exam focuses on the verification of basic knowledge of the principles of ecology, the interaction of physical fields with biological structures including health limits, work hygiene and waste management in health care.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Strategy and the principles of sustainable living
2. Basic concepts and principles of ecology
3. Chemical and Environmental toxicology
4. Physical aspects of the environment.
5. Monitoring of basic environmental parameters.
6. Highest acceptable concentrations harmful substances maximum permissible doses.
7. Protection against the harmful effects of noise, electromagnetic fields, radiation.
8. Working environment hygiene, ergonomics, occupational safety in health care.
9. Civilization diseases and health status of the population.
10. Integrated emergency system.
11. The law on waste and waste from the medical care.
12. Environmental audits and assessment of environmental impact.
13. International Convention for the protection of Earth's environment.


The aim of the course is to provide students with information on basic concepts and principles of ecology, the characteristics of the human environment, the technical aspects of environmental, monitoring of basic parameters of the environment. A major focus is the maximum permissible concentrations of harmful substances and doses fields working environment, knowledge of information about the health status of the population and the existence of the Integrated Rescue System, waste from medical facilities.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Laboratory is compulsory, properly excused absences laboratory exercises can be in agreement with the substitute teacher.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BTBIO-A Bachelor's

    branch A-BTB , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, general knowledge

  • Programme EEKR-CZV lifelong learning

    branch ET-CZV , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, general knowledge

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Laboratory exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer