20.104J / 1.081J / ESD.053J Chemicals in the Environment: Toxicology and Public Health (BE.104J)

Spring 2005

Photo of oil sheen on river going through city.

Oil floating on the River Irwell near the Manchester UK city center. (Photo courtesy of Matt Cox.)

Course Highlights

This course features lecture notes and a full set of assignments.

Course Description

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.
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Prof. James Sherley
Dr. Laura Green
Prof. Steven Tannenbaum

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

One session / week
1 hour / session