IBE 221.1 Fundamentals of Electromagnetic Radiation


Explore a comprehensive yet thorough introduction to the field of Electromagnetic Radiation, and its relationship to the creation and maintenance of healthy homes, schools, and workplaces. Discover the various types of EMR, their unique properties, and the different effects on human biology. Learn some ways to reduce exposure and minimize harm.

Though the term sounds rather scientific, electromagnetic radiation is an integral part of our everyday living environment and affects human biology in many ways. Electromagnetic energies come in many different forms ranging from natural sources including sunshine, UV radiation and the earth’s magnetic field and from man-made sources such as power lines, cellular phones and microwave ovens. They have a physiological effect on brain wave patterns, heart beats and nerve signals.

This course will discuss the following:

  • Basic Physical Properties: Some basic laws and properties of electromagnetism and radiation are reviewed to introduce the student to the fundamental units and workings necessary for understanding the complex nature of interactions between electromagnetic radiation and living organisms.
  • Sources and Causes: Common sources of electromagnetic radiation in our living environment are presented, specifying their general causes, distribution patterns and field characteristics.
  • Biological Effects: Known biological effects caused by electromagnetic radiation as well as suspected ones are discussed.
  • Some General Recommendations: Recommendations for how to reduce or eliminate one’s exposure to harmful electromagnetic radiation in our living environment.

Successful completion of this course conveys 20 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs), and/or 20 credit hours toward IBE certification. It is comprised of five lessons, and can be read online as well as downloaded as a PDF. The tuition is $135 USD.