September 14-26, 2008
Presented by the College of Exploration and the Ocean Technology Foundation

Instructor: Melissa Ryan, Ocean Programs Specialist, College of Exploration
Location: The College of Exploration’s online campus
Dates September 14-26 2008
Tuition: $100 payable to the College of Exploration
Graduate Credit: $90 One graduate credit in Biology from the University of California Fullerton
Other Credit College of Exploration Certificate of 2 Professional Development Units: $40.00
More Information Call Melissa Ryan on 1 703 433 5760
or email


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This two-week seminar will serve as a general introduction to a cutting-edge topic in ocean science which is just beginning to appear on the public education radar screen:  the relationship between ocean and human health (OHH). It is geared toward educators, health and environmental professionals, but is also appropriate for interested members of the general public.

Oceanography, public health, marine ecology, epidemiology, medicine and other disciplines are all key in understanding how the ocean affects our health. When we pollute the environment, and specifically our ocean, we find that it has deleterious effects not only on marine life, but on our own lives as well.  People can become ill from eating contaminated seafood contaminated by Harmful Algal Blooms, and pollution from surface drains in coastal areas can close beaches. On a brighter note, the oceans are an obvious source of nutritional foods and medicines, and their inhabitants can serve as models for studying human diseases.

This seminar will examine the interdisciplinary nature of the relationship between the ocean and our own health.  Global climate change, Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs), marine biopharmaceuticals, and the use of marine organisms as biomedical models will be some of the topics presented.  Federal policies and organizations focusing on OHH will also be explored.

About the Seminar Instructor: Melissa Ryan serves as the College of Exploration’s Ocean Programs Specialist and is Director of Education Programs for the Ocean Technology Foundation.   She has been working in marine science education for 10+ years, and has a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Connecticut, and a M.S. in Natural Health from Clayton College of Natural Health.  She has written curriculum on OHH for students from the middle school level to undergraduate level, and conducted a teacher workshop on OHH as part of the College of Exploration’s Global Heartbeat Project.

How to Participate
The seminar is not live, i.e. not in real time. You can participate at a time and place convenient to your schedule during the two weeks of the seminar. You will need a web browser and also preferably be able to watch web streaming video of the sort found on You-Tube and news organizations web sites. You should allow an hour a day to participate with some extra at the weekends or other convenient times, for a total of 16 hours or the equivalent of two full days.

How to Register
If you have a College of Exploration user id, log in above and click the Register link. If you do not have a user id please create one and then log in a click the Register link. You must also pay the $100 seminar fee using Paypal or by credit card. To pay by credit card please call 1 703 433 5760 with your credit card details.

Graduate Credit (optional)
In partnership with California State University at Fullerton (CSUF), one graduate credit will be available at an additional cost of $90. For participation in this online workshop and completing the requirements, participants can earn one graduate credit through CSUF. It will be a pass/fail (non-graded) graduate biology credit.

Professional Development Units
The College of Exploration is offering a way for educators to earn valuable "credit" for their time spent in these online workshops:
Professional Development Units (PDU) - are based on 10 hours of academic activities or training = 1 PDU.
Similar to the CEU, one (1) PDU is equal to ten (10) hours of participation and work in an organized, interactive education experience under qualified sponsorship, direction, and instruction. For this 2-week workshop, 2 PDUs will be available at a cost of $20 per unit = $40.

Important Notes:

  • It is up to you to find out if your school would accept this... we can verify your online hours and level of participation through our tracking-system. You are responsible for ascertaining whether or not they accept participation in an "online workshop".

  • Upon completion, we will send you electronically a PDF certificate verifying your successful participation and fulfillment of requirements.

  • For participation in this online seminar and completing the requirements, educators can earn 2 (TWO) "PDUs" through College of Exploration. That is, the student will be engaged in 20 hours worth of learning activities across 2-week seminar. It will be pass/fail (non-graded).

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