BE.104J Chemicals in the Environment: Toxicology and Public Health, Spring 2005
Oil floating on the River Irwell near the Manchester UK city center. (Photo courtesy of Matt Cox.)
Highlights of this Course
This course addresses the challenges of defining a relationship between exposure to environmental chemicals and human disease. Course topics include epidemiological approaches to understanding disease causation; biostatistical methods; evaluation of human exposure to chemicals, and their internal distribution, metabolism, reactions with cellular components, and biological effects; and qualitative and quantitative health risk assessment methods used in the U.S. as bases for regulatory decision-making. Throughout the term, students consider case studies of local and national interest.