April 6 - 17, 2009
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 here
Dates April 6-17 2009
Tuition: $150 payable to the College of Exploration
Graduate Credit: $90 One graduate credit in Biology from the California State University Fullerton

How to sign up for the seminar.



1. Use your existing College of Exploration Userid or if new to the College of Exploration create one
2. This seminar has a fee for all participants, to sign up please pay the tuition fee
If you wish to pay by check or give your credit card over the phone see below.

3. If you want graduate credit then please register and pay the fee for credit.

4. Registration deadline cob 3 April 2009

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If you have attended a workshop or course or other program on the College of Exploration campus your userid and password can be used, however you will need to pay for this seminar.


What can we learn from a squid about our own nervous system?
How can substances found in marine sponges help to treat cancer?
How could global climate change affect our oceans and ultimately our health?

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.

Here’s what past participants had to say about the OHH seminar:

“This is my first experience with an on-line course and I was truly impressed by the quality of the course and level of discussions that took place.”

“I am loving this seminar and am overwhelmed by the great information and the expertise of the participants.”

“The information from this seminar will greatly strengthen my ability to include human health effects in ocean system science.”

“Enjoyable way of learning, great means of engaging an online audience, important and timely content – Fabulous!”

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 . You must also pay the $150 seminar fee using Paypal or by credit card. To pay by credit card please call 1 703 433 5760 with your credit card details.

Other Payment Options
We would prefer everyone pay through PayPal as it makes life easier and keeps the costs down. However we recognize that is not for everyone. If you wish to pay by check send $150 made payable to the College of Exploration, put OHH Seminar on the memo line of the check, and address and send it to College of Exploration, 230 Markwood Drive, Potomac Falls, VA 20165.

If you would like to call in your credit card, call us at 1 703 433 5760 9-5 Monday-Friday.

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.


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